December concerts highlight musical styles
Four of Concordia’s music ensembles performed during December. Jazz, classical and Christmas music was shared through both vocal and instrumental concerts, all of which were open to the public.
The Concordia jazz choir, conducted by Professor of Music Dr. Kurt von Kampen, joined the jazz band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Schultz, in concert on Friday, Dec. 14. The choir performed “Charleston Alley” by Edgar Sampson, “Misty” by Erroll Garner and “The Girl from Ipanema” by Antonio Jobim, among others. The band’s selections included “Love is Here to Stay” by George and Ira Gershwin, and “This Little Light of Mine” arranged by Andy Clark.
On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II gave a joint concert in the Music Center’s recital hall. Under the direction of Jessica Kite, adjunct instructor of music, both choirs performed a variety of Christmas carols including “The First Noel” arranged by Cathy Moklebust, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” arranged by Kevin McChesney and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Felix Mendelssohn. Audience members had the opportunity to try playing the bells after the performance.
The University Concert Band performed Monday, Dec. 17, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Under Schultz’s direction, the program included “Winter Rhapsody” by Ralph Ford, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” arranged by David Shaffer and “Ere the World Began to Be” set by Jack Stamp, among several other pieces.