Tuesday, December 2, 2014

End the Semester with Sounds of the Season

Tradition has long been a part of the holiday season and there’s no better way to celebrate those traditions than at Volunteer State Community College.

The Sounds of the Season concert — which will take place Friday and Saturday night — has been ringing in the holidays for well over a decade and people like Steven Brown, a dual enrollment student at Vol State, have grown up experiencing the show each time December rolls around.

“I remember going to the shows, watching the choir, and seeing my cousin play bass in the pit band. I’m now going to be a part of it. I think it’s going to hit me on show night. I’ll look out and see my family watching,” the piano player said.

The show is a joint production of the music department, which means classic holiday tunes will be performed by the Showstoppers, the Commercial Music Ensemble, the Commercial Jazz Ensemble, and the Bluegrass Ensemble. It’s the first time in the 2014-2015 school year the entire department plays together, which makes it exciting for all of those involved.

“It’s a cool experience because there’s so many people working on one show and all trying to achieve a common goal. It’s just cool to see how everyone is working together to make this great,” Brown said.

The holiday show comes together at the last minute as a culmination for the department’s hard work during the semester, according to assistant professor of music Lynn Peterson.

“We work all semester at getting the parts together, but we don’t work together and get it staged until the week of the show. It’s always wonderfully exciting, because we hear it during practice but it all comes together during that week,” he said.

A special CD is recorded every year, which includes about half of the numbers performed during the show. The album can be purchased at the show.

Veteran holiday show performer Kyle Cothron said the entire process is always an exciting part of the semester, especially when everyone finally comes together.

“It makes it sound awesome. Whenever we’re back here practicing for the Christmas stuff, it’s always missing something, but once we all come together, it sings, pardon the pun,” he said.

The shows will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall. Students with a Vol State ID get in for free. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Music Department Scholarship Fund. Admission and a copy of the CD are $10.

For more information on Sounds of the Season, click here or call 615-230-3202.

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