BETHANY PRESENTS CHRISTMAS ENSEMBLE CONCERT

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Music Faculty of the Bethany College School of Arts & Sciences will present its Christmas Ensemble Concert Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall at historic Old Main on the Bethany College campus.

The program will feature the College Choir and Quartet, directed by Professor David J. Rudari; the College Classical Guitar Ensemble, directed by Aaron Carey; and the College Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Eric W. Aho.

Feature soloists for this concert are Megan Riggs, Soprano; Mary Lu Adams, Mezzo-Soprano; and Casey Gray, Tenor. They will join the College Choir to perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The Choir will be performing Messiah in Wheeling on Sunday, Dec. 9.

The Wind Ensemble’s program will feature Anderson’s Sleigh Ride; Fire by Gilroy; an Irish folk tune, Delt’ in De; various dances from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker; and a Christmas Pops Sing-A-Long.

The Classical Guitar Ensemble will present an Allemande by John Dowland and Carey’s arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Also part of the evening will be Amanda McCoy (bass) and Casey Gray (piano) performing their own arrangement of ‘A mos’ Wonderful Christmas.

The College Choir’s program begins with Comfort Ye and Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, presented by Gray. Those pieces will be followed by And the Glory of the Lord; Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive; and O, Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion, presented by Adams. Next up are Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened and He Shall Feed His Flock, presented by Riggs, with Hallelujah, concluding the set. The Choir will be accompanied on the piano by Debra S. Main.

The College Choir Quartet will present Rutter’s What Sweeter Music? and the King Singers’ edition of The Gift along with Carol of the Bells and Do You Hear What I Hear? It will also present two traditional Christmas carols, Away in a Manger and Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, accompanied by Carey. The Quartet will be also accompanied on the piano by Main.

The concert is being presented free of charge and is open to the public. For information about the performance, contact Professor David J. Rudari by telephone at (304) 829-7329 or e-mail drudari@bethanywv.edu.