All Dakota Wesleyan musical ensembles will come together this holiday season to perform “Gloria: Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan” the first weekend in December.
The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music will present two Christmas performances this year, the first at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, and the second at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, in the DWU Sherman Center. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online here, or by calling 605-995-2603.
“This concert will be a fusion of our previous Lessons and Carols concert and the traditional Christmas concert,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, choral director. “This is the first time in four years that all the DWU musical ensembles will be together in one concert.”
The concert includes 25 musical selections and eight readings of both sacred and secular Christmas themes. The Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Wesleyan Band, LyricWood Orchestra, Highlanders, Women’s Chamber Choir, The Singing Scotchmen, and Wesleyan Bells will perform.
There will be pieces audiences recognize, such as “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Still, Still, Still,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “O Tannenbaum” and “O Holy Night.” Some of the less familiar pieces include “African Gloria,” “Angels’ Carol,” “Celtic Carol,” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.”
“I chose the piece ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ for the Wesleyan Band specifically to feature some of our students on improvisatory jazz solos,” said Bethany Amundson, director of bands. “And ‘The Fantasia on Silent Night’ is a beautiful variation on the traditional tune, using non-traditional harmonization and features some of our woodwind players.”
The Winter Choir, Band and LyricWood Concert will be Feb. 24; “Our Lenten Journey,” The Highlanders and Wesleyan Bells Spring Concert, will be March 1; Palm Sunday Concert with LyricWood and Dakota Wesleyan Choir will be April 14; and the Spring Choir, Bells and Band Concert is set for April 28.