Campus Choir and Orchestra to Perform Holiday Concert


The Campus Choir and Orchestra will join forces to present their annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free.

Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A., director of choral activities, will open the concert, performing J.S. Bach's choral-orchestral masterwork, Magnificat in D Major. Faculty artists Dr. Jennifer Cowgill, Ellen Rutkowski, and Charles Unice, and guest artist Larry Hickernell, Jr., will be the featured vocal soloists.

"Dr. Parker and I have been collaborating since our first days at the university, and I think that it is beneficial for everyone involved," Hoffenberg said. "Collaborating opens up areas of the repertoire that we would not otherwise be able to do with our own ensembles."

The concert will continue with Nathaniel F. Parker, D.M.A., director of orchestral activities, conducting Christmas in the Western World—a collection of Christmas carols from all over the Americas in settings by trailblazing African-American composer, William Grant Still.

"William Grant Still is probably the biggest name in American music that everyone should know, but they don't," Parker explained. "He was the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra and the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company."