BU presents ‘Carols by Candlelight’

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 20, 2014

Carols by Candlelight

BLOOMSBURG — Holiday music in various styles will be featured during Bloomsburg University’s annual "Carols by Candlelight" concert on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 345 Market St., Bloomsburg. Admission is free, but tickets are required; tickets are available through the Haas Center Box Office.

The concert will feature all of the university’s choral ensembles, as well as audience sing-alongs of favorite carols. The Women’s Choral Ensemble, under the direction of Amelia Garbisch, assistant professor of music, theatre and dance, will sing portions of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with a small string ensemble, “Carol of the Bells” and “Light the Candles” celebrating Hanukkah. They will also offer a novelty song recasting “Jingle Bells” in the dances of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet.

The all-male Husky Singers, under the direction of Alan Baker, professor of music, theatre and dance, will sing Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby,” the traditional “Glouchester Wassail and Hospitality Carol” and two contemporary a cappella selections, Pentatonix’s “Little Drummer Boy” and Straight No Chaser’s “My Christmas Wish.” Valynn Boy is accompanist for the Women’s Choral Ensemble and the Husky Singers.

The Concert Choir, also under the direction of Baker, will sing John Rutter’s “Mary’s Lullaby,” Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dixit Maria,” Mack Wilberg’s “Noe Noe” and Donald McCullough’s “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Senior music education major Kelsey Lerman, of Feasterville, will conduct Charles Osborne’s “Samacthi B’omrim Li,” setting the words of Psalm 122 to music. Concert choir accompanist Harry Martenas will be featured in a jazz arrangement of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” The concert will conclude with the choir surrounding the audience to sing by candlelight Dan Kantor’s “Night of Silence.”

For ticket information contact the Haas Center Box Office, 570-389-4409.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.