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Black & Gold Series Presents President's Holiday Gala Dec. 12

Published: 11-19-2010 12:05 pm

The Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series will open the 2010-11 season Dec. 12 with the 11th 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 Interim President Curt Frye.
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 Bohnert, Dr. Elise Gutshall, Dr. Linda Christensen, Dr. Antoine Clark, and staff accompanist Philip Pfaltzgraff.  Musical selections will include holiday favorites by Leroy Anderson, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Felix Mendelssohn, and Manheim Steamroller as well as festive selections from Celtic culture and American gospel music.
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 39-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 2010-11 series will continue April 17 with a special engagement by Imago Theatre.
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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