Delaware Valley College Musical Ensembles to Present Annual Holiday Concert

Nov 20, 2009

The Delaware Valley College Chorale, String Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band will present their annual Holiday Concert on Sunday Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in the college's Moumgis Auditorium. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. It will feature an eclectic mix of holiday music, including sacred masterpieces, well-known carols, contemporary holiday favorites and lesser-known gems.

Under the direction of Dr. Marie Tavianini, the Delaware Valley College Chorale will collaborate with talented instrumentalists during their portion of the Holiday concert. Members of the String Ensemble will accompany the Chorale in Bethlehem, an arrangement of the traditional Southern tune "Resignation," and Ma'oz Tzur, a setting of a traditional Hanukkah song. Delaware Valley College faculty member Dr. David Tokar will be the guest guitarist in two works, Child of Peace by the Minnesota composer, Jeffrey Van, and the Spanish carol A La Nanita Nana. Additionally, the Chorale will perform a selection of traditional carols and current hits.

Directed by Ms. Susan Ward, the 12-member Delaware Valley College String Ensemble will be joined by special guests Tom Lawton and Bill Schilling for their portion of the program, which will include jazz arrangements of popular carols and classical works such as Pachelbel's beloved Canon. They will be followed by the Delaware Valley College Jazz Band and the Delaware Valley College Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Jack Schmidt. The bands will perform holiday favorites as well as John Williams' thrilling Sound the Bells and British composer, Adam Gorb's Yiddish Dances.

The Delaware Valley College Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorale and String Ensemble have been an important part of campus life for nearly 75 years. All four ensembles are comprised of talented students as well as community members from Central Bucks. For more information about the concert call 215.489.2233. Delaware Valley College is on Route 202, one mile south of Doylestown.