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Concert Program

Setlist:

 

Fantasy on a Burgundian Carol                                       
Bernard De La Monnoye, arr. Michael Story
Wesleyan Band


O Magnum Mysterium
Tomás Luis de Victoria
The Highlanders

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
iacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Iesum Christum.
Alleluia!

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Alleluia!


When Will My Heart Arise
Traditional Carol, arr. Roger Emerson
Sopranos and Altos of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir


In The Bleak Midwinter
Traditional, arr. Cynthia Dobrinski
Wesleyan Bells


Tiny King
Joyce Elaine Eilers
Tenors and Basses of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir


He Is Born
Traditional, arr. Dan Goeller
LyricWood

  • Brooke Ehlers, flute
  • Kori Dowling, Clarinet
  • Zachary Van Meter, trumpet
  • Kate Warren, flugelhorn
  • Lacey Wipf, horn


Christmas Declaration
Robert W. Smith
Wesleyan Band


Carol of the Bells
Mykola Leontovich, arr. Cathy Moklebust
Wesleyan Bells


Betelehemu (Nigerian Christmas Song)
Via Olatunji and Wendell Whalum, arr. Barrington Brooks
The Highlanders

Awa yi o ri Baba gbo jule.
Awa yi o ri Baba fehenti.

Nibo labi Jesu,
Nibo lagbe bii.

Betelehemu ilu ara,
Nibe labi Baba o daju,

Iyin, Iyin, Iyin, nifuno.
Adupe fun o, jooni,Baba olo reo.

Iyin, fun o Baba anu.
Baba toda wasi

We are glad that we have a Father to trust.
We are glad to have a Father to rely upon.

Where was Jesus born?
Where was he born?

Bethlehem the city of wonder.
That is where the Father was born for sure.

Praise, Praise, Praise be to Him
We thank Thee, We thank Thee for this day,

Gracious Father.
Praise be to Thee, Merciful Father.


This Little Babe (from A Ceremony of Carols)
Benjamin Britten
Sopranos and Altos of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Randall Thompson
Tenors and Basses of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir


Christmas Don’t Be Late (The Chipmunk Song)
Ross Bagdasarian, arr. Mitchell Eithun
Wesleyan Bells


Deck the Halls in 7/8
Traditional carol, arr. James McKelvy
The Highlanders


Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24                          
Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel, arr. Bob Phillips
Eric Van Meter, electric guitar
LyricWood


There is Faint Music
Dan Forrest
Dakota Wesleyan Choir

 

Participants
 

Wesleyan Bells
Erin Desmond, director

Davis Anderson
Maren Buffington
Julianna Certa-Werner
Jasmine Ferguson
Sydnee Foster
Jonathon Freeman
Ri Grenstiner
Abigail Hanson
Kathryn Hardwick
Corbin Kramer
Vanessa Kurkowski
Makenna Reich
Lacey Wipf


Dakota Wesleyan Choir
Clinton Desmond, director
Erin Desmond, accompanist

Davis Anderson
Devin Bedke
Brennan Bence
Zachary Besler
Jacinda Biberdorf
Maren Buffington
Julianna Certa-Werner
Darby Deffenbaugh
Kori Dowling
Avery Dutt
Jasmine Ferguson
Sydnee Foster
Jonathon Freeman
Marissa Graff
Ri Grenstiner
McKayla Gunderson
Abigail Hanson
Laura Hare
Carter Jahnig
Shaylee Jensen
Ronae Klein
Audrey Koesters
Corbin Kramer
Delanie Larson
Grace Lewis
Layne Lewis
Leah Marshall
Cydnee Mattke
Matt Moen
Darius Norwood
Makenna Reich
Courtney Roth
Shay Saarie
Jake Schafer
Anna Schwader
Macy Sternhagen
Morgan Taft
Mianna Tveit
Dominick Warmbein
Kate Warren
Hannah Wehlander
Bailey Widener
Trevor Wilkinson
Lacey Wipf

 

The Highlanders
Clinton Desmond, director
Erin Desmond, accompanist

Davis Anderson
Devin Bedke
Brennan Bence
Zachary Besler
Maren Buffington
Jasmine Ferguson
Sydnee Foster
Jonathon Freeman
Carter Jahnig
Audrey Koesters
Corbin Kramer
Grace Lewis
Courtney Roth
Shay Saarie
Hannah Wehlander
Lacey Wipf

 

Wesleyan Band
Dr. Bethany Amundson, director

Flute
Jordan Dierks
Brooke Ehlers
Tori Eschenbaum
Delanie Larson
Lily Miner
Morgan Taft

Clarinet
Taylor Clark
Kori Dowling
Rebecca Letcher

Contra Alto Clarinet
Grace Lewis

Alto Saxophone
Corbin Kramer

Horn
Keelie Konfrst
Lacey Wipf

Trumpet
Katelynn Warren

Trombone
Avery Dutt
Jonathon Freeman

Euphonium
Jason Leonard
Jason Melhaff

Tuba
Dr. Michael Catalano

Percussion
Devin Bedke
Jasmine Ferguson
Ri Grestiner
Makenna Reich

 

LyricWood Orchestra
Elizabeth Soladay, director
Dr. Bethany Amundson, conductor

Violin I
Mary Mairose
Beth Neitzert

Violin II
Whitney Axtell
Marian Casey
Esther Meador
Mary Wipf

Viola
Jason Pagone
Liz Soladay

Cello
John Casey
Megan Gillen

Bass
Cam Anderson
Andrea Friedrichsen

Flute
Jordan Dierks
Brooke Ehlers

Oboe
Debra Kogel
Elizabeth Medlin

Clarinet
Kori Dowling
Rebecca Letcher

Contra alto clarinet
Grace Lewis

Bassoon
Jonathan Van Meter

Trumpet
Kathryn Hardwick
Zachary Van Meter
Katelynn Warren

Horn
Keelie Konfrst
Lacey Wipf

Tuba
Dr. Mike Catalano

Percussion
Devin Bedke
Makenna Reich

Electric Bass
Abby Hanson

Electric Guitar
Eric Van Meter

In an effort to keep the Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan tradition alive, all while keeping the DWU and Mitchell communities safe, the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University will be delivering their annual Christmas concert a little differently this year.

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s Christmas concert will be prerecorded, allowing community members to stream and enjoy the concert from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The video link to the prerecorded concert will be released to the public on Thursday, Dec. 17., via DWU’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Airtime for the Christmas concert will be around forty-five minutes.

 

“We are pleased to offer the traditional Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan performance in a non-traditional format. It is our hope that this performance will bring Christmas joy to a wider audience and the performers will have the unique opportunity to experience the concert with their families,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, director of choral activities at DWU. 

 

The concert will include multiple Christmas-themed selections with performances by the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Wesleyan Band, Highlanders, Wesleyan Bells and LyricWood Orchestra.

 

The DWU Choir and Highlanders are directed by Dr. Clinton Desmond, with Erin Desmond as the accompanist. The Wesleyan Band is directed by Dr. Bethany Amundson. The Wesleyan Bells are directed by Erin Desmond. The LyricWood Orchestra is directed by Elizabeth Soloday with Dr. Bethany Amundson as the conductor.