It was a Holly Jolly Christmas Concert for the Music Department just before the Holidays. The Department’s Seventh Annual Christmas Concert took place on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.
Guests were encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy or a donation to Toys for Tots. Two marines volunteered to collect any donations before and after the performance.
The Mariachi Javelina performed for the audience as they grabbed a seat and waited for the concert to begin. The Mariachi played traditional Mexican songs along with holiday music. Kenneth Williams, Director of Choral Activities began the concert by directing his Javelina Concert Choir
with the piece The Holly and the Ivy, a traditional carol. Williams felt the show was full excitement for them and the audience.
“The concert was very exciting and invigorating,” said Williams. The Jazz Band I and The Wind Symphony closed out the show. The ensembles played several Christmas favorites and some non-traditional with pieces.
Before this concert the Choir, Jazz band, and Wind Symphony rehearsed for several weeks to prepare for the show.
There is a lot of practice and passion involved, Williams said.
“The concert had to be musically challenging, interesting, but something that the audience would enjoy,” he said..
“All of the ensembles did well and brought something interesting. (to the show),” he said.
Not only did the Directors enjoy their performances but so did the musicians.
Quentin Donalson, music education major and saxophonist in the Jazz Band was pleased.
“Overall, I enjoyed the concert. The wind symphony did a great job ending the concert,” he said.
The concert ended with the wind symphony playing famous Christmas songs for the audience to sing along. Include were songs such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
The Music Department’s last performance of the year will be a Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Saturday the first at 3 p.m.