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President's Holiday Gala Concert to Feature Wayne State Music Faculty and Students

Published: 11-26-2012 4:10 pm

The Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series will open the 2012-13 season Dec. 9 with the 12th annual President's Holiday Gala Concert. The free 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 Curt Frye.
The popular program is designed as a fast-paced concert, highlighting some of the select performing organizations from Wayne State College along with Department of Music faculty, staff, and student soloists. Assembled for audience members of all ages, the concert will include festive and holiday favorites performed by student ensembles including the WSC Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and WSC Chorale, and faculty and staff soloists including Dr. Karl Kolbeck (woodwinds), Brandi Kolbeck (trombone), Dr. Elise Hepworth (voice), Joshua Calkin (tuba), Lauren Calkin (percussion), Kathy Angeroth (violin) and Philip Pfaltzgraff (piano).  

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. The Madrigal Singers continue a 41-year tradition of presenting annual Elizabethan Christmasse Feastes on campus. This group has also performed for the Niobrara Center and KMEG Television Christmas special, and at a major opening at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The instrumental and vocal groups toured 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 2012-13 series will continue Jan. 27 with a special matinee performance by the Russian National Ballet 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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