NIC to present ‘Sounds of Christmas' concert Dec. 12, 13

Pictured are members of the Cardinal Chorale (photo by Katie Eppenstein) 

Pictured are members of the Cardinal Chorale (photo by Katie Eppenstein).

Pictured are members of the NIC Chamber Singers (photo by Katie Eppenstein)

Pictured are members of the NIC Chamber Singers (photo by Katie Eppenstein).

NIC Band Director Terry Jones conducts the NIC Wind Symphony at the annual Christmas concert held at NIC.

NIC Band Director Terry Jones conducts the NIC Wind Symphony at the annual Christmas concert held at NIC.  

North Idaho College will present its “Sounds of Christmas” concert in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

The concert will feature performances by the NIC Wind Symphony, NIC Cardinal Chorale, and NIC Chamber Singers. This concert will feature the audience-favorite Christmas carol sing-along.

“The annual Sounds of Christmas concert brings about a wonderful breadth of musical diversity to the choral world. In this year’s program, both the Cardinal Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform Christmas and holiday selections from around the world, including South America, Spain, and Africa,” said NIC Director of Choirs Max Mendez.

The music of J.S. Bach, Thomas Morley, and Javier Busto are just a few of the prominent composers included in the “Sounds of Christmas.” Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” from Cantata 208 “Was mir behagt,” Morley’s Christmas madrigal “Lirum, Lirum,” and Busto’s setting of the “Ave Maria” will be featured on the program.

North Idaho College Choral Union consists of the Cardinal Chorale and Chamber Singers. The Choral Union has a long tradition of performing moving performances for audiences in the Inland Northwest and beyond. Both choirs have traveled throughout the United States and North America. Recently members of both ensembles performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Choirs have also performed in Seattle, San Francisco, and Mexico. Members of the both choirs consist of NIC students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as area community members.

Mendez brings 35 years of experience to the Choral Union. Working more than 10 years at the college, Mendez said he strives to instill a sense of artistry, quality, beauty, and community service in each performance. He is active in the area choral music and also serves as a clinician, performer, and guest conductor throughout the Northwest.

The North Idaho College Wind Symphony, conducted by Terry M.L. Jones, is a community group with over 2,000 years of playing experience. The multi-generational group blends high school students, college students and community members into one ensemble to create art and a 40-plus year tradition. The group is open to the public and meets one day a week during the college school year. The North Idaho College Wind Symphony will perform:

What Child is That Playing Carol of the Bells?” Arranged Julie Giroux: This arrangement is a combination of “What Child is This?” and “Carol of the Bells.” “What Child is This?” is a hymn by William Chatterton Dix set to the music of “Greensleeves,” a traditional English folk song found in several 16th century and 17th century sources. “Carol of the Bells” was composed by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych in 1904 and is based on a traditional folk chant.

The First Noel” A traditional English carol, “The First Noel” was published in the early 1800s with an origin dating from the 18th century.

“The beautiful melody is hard to resist,” Jones said. “The latter part, where the word ‘Noel’ is sung to the melody, is particularly haunting. In this arrangement, the flugelhorn represents the emotional response to this carol – dark, haunting, and beautiful.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas” “This seasonal favorite has challenged many a group with creative presentations of each day’s specific gift,” Jones said “In this arrangement, try and remember what instrument group represents each day, or what mystery tune is used in its place.”

Away in the Manger” This classic carol has been set to multiple melodies. This arrangement will use the tune “Mueller” as its basis.

Hark Those Jingle Bells are Smokin’” This arrangement is a combination of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” and “Jingle Bells.” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” music was written by Felix Mendelssohn and comes from the chorus of his cantata “Festgesang,” celebrating the invention of the printing press. In 1855 Dr. William Cummings put Charles Wesley’s lyrics and Mendelssohn’s music together creating the Christmas carol we know today.

Jingle Bells” is the most recognizable of all Christmas music and is one of the top twenty-five most recorded songs in history. Composed by the son of an abolitionist minister and a runaway at the age of 14, James Pierpont reportedly wrote the song in a tavern in 1850.

Posted: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

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