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Black & Gold Series to Present President's Holiday Gala



WAYNE, Neb. (Dec. 2, 2009) -- The Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series will open Sunday Dec. 13 with the tenth annual President's Holiday Gala Concert.  The concert will be at 2 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre on the Wayne State College campus, and will be followed by a dessert reception hosted by WSC President Richard and Marilyn Collings.


The popular program is designed as a fast-paced concert presented in a collage-like atmosphere, highlighting some of the select performing organizations from Wayne State College.  Assembled for an audience of diverse backgrounds and tastes, the concert will include festive works and holiday music performed by the Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, WSC Chorale, and Wind Ensemble, and faculty and staff performers including Dr. David Bonert, Dr. Elise Gutshall, Dr. Linda Christensen, Joshua and Lauren Calkin, and Philip Pfaltzgraff.


Performances by the WSC Wind Ensemble have been featured at the Nebraska and Iowa Music Educators' Conventions, and the WSC Concert Choir has appeared on the Emmy-nominated Nebraska Public Television special, Holiday Harmonies, as well as in performances with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.


As the most select vocal ensemble at WSC, the Madrigal Singers continue a 38-year tradition of presenting annual Elizabethan Christmasse Feastes on campus and throughout the region. This group has also performed for the Niobrara Center and K-MEG Television Christmas special, and at a major opening at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The instrumental and vocal groups toured the Republic of Ireland in 2004, and northern Italy and Austria in 2008.


For more than 50 years the Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series has presented cultural programming to serve the northeast Nebraska region.  The 2009-10 series will continue Wednesday, April 21 with a special engagement by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


The President's Holiday Gala Concert is free and open to the public.


For information: WSC Department of Music (402) 375-7359


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