Friday, December 4, 2015

Annual Christmas Concert Set for this Weekend

The fall semester is almost over, which means Christmas is just around the corner. In order to get into the holiday spirit, Vol State students will be performing two Christmas concerts this weekend.

"Sounds of the Season" is an annual tradition at Vol State, showcasing the talent and diversity within the music department. James Story, chair of the Visual and Performing Arts department, said the program has expanded this year to include students from the Showstoppers, solo instrumentalists, and the Commercial Music, Commercial Jazz, and Bluegrass ensembles. Students from the recording program worked on putting together a CD featuring songs from the show that will be available for purchase at the shows.

"We bring the creative side and the commercial recording side together, so it's a collaboration between the Music department and the Communications department," Story said.

One of the hardest things about putting together the annual holiday show is finding new Christmas songs to perform.

"It's always difficult trying to find a diversity of Christmas tunes, but this year's CD has a lot of traditional Christmas favorites," Story said.

Joe Pinchevsky
Student Joe Pinchevsky is playing bass guitar in the orchestra this year, which is a bit of a change from last year when he played the drums.

"It's a whole different preparation process. This year, I'm really having to work at it, but it's really rewarding to be able to come in here and show what I've learned," he said.

Pinchevsky said he hopes the concert will help get in the holiday mood as they enjoy all of the hard work the departments have put into their show.

"I love being able to work with this team of people. They're all incredible musicians," he said.

The concert will take place tonight and tomorrow night in the Wemyss Auditorium of Caudill Hall at 7:30 p.m. each evening. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Music Department Scholarship Fund. Admission and a copy of the Christmas CD are $10. For more information contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.

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