NIC to present ‘Sounds of Christmas' concert Dec. 10, 11


North Idaho College will present its “Sounds of Christmas” concert in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

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 NIC Choirs Sounds of Christmas performance will feature works by Baroque masters Antonio Vivaldi and George Frederick Händel, as well as contemporary compositions and arrangements by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, and Darmon Meader.

“Domine fili unigenite” from Vivaldi’s Gloria and “And the Glory of the Lord” from Händel’s Messiah will highlight the set of music performed by the Cardinal Chorale. “Les Berceuse” (Lullaby) is a beautiful John Rutter arrangement of Barbara Bell’s French carol. The choir will conclude with “Silent Night for All the World” arranged by Pepper Chopin. This arrangement will feature the Franz Grüber’s carol sung in English, German, Korean, Spanish, and Zulu.

Highlights of the Chamber Singer’s performance include Tomas Luis da Victoria’s setting of “O Magnum Mysterium” (O Great Mystery) followed by Eric Whitacre’s “Lux arumque” (Light and Gold).  Also featured in this performance is Darmon Meader’s arrangement of “What Child is This.”

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.

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.

“One of the most treasured part of the holiday traditions is the Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker.’ The story centers around a child’s imagination as they experience the Christmas season,” Jones said. “Julie Giroux’s arrangement re-imagines many of Tchaikovsky’s familiar pieces in that same spirit. The audience will easily recognize the tunes and enjoy a little extra peppermint thrown into them.”

The Wind Symphony’s second selection is also based on a very familiar song, “Heart and Soul.”

“This time Giroux weaves many of the season’s classics to this old standard,” Jones said.  “She’ll keep you guessing ‘What tune will she throw in next.’ The holiday season has produced many wonderful movies and TV specials. ‘Christmas Toons,’ our next selection, will refresh your memories and help us celebrate this wonderful season.”

As per tradition, the concert will end with the annual Sing-a-Long – a collection of holiday favorites arranged by local arranger/musician Tom Tucker.

Posted: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

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