Christmas holiday music a highlight of December concerts
11.20.2014 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College music professor Amanda Dickson, right, directs student musicians practicing for the wind ensemble concert set for Dec. 2 at the North Campus. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
San Jacinto College will host concerts in December that will feature wind ensemble compositions, as well as Christmas holiday favorites.
Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are free and open to the public. The North Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. The South Campus concerts will take place in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. The Central Campus is located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.
Central Campus concerts
On Saturday, Dec. 6, the Candlelight & Carols Gala will take place at the Newton Student Center ballroom. The gala will feature hors d’oeuvers at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. San Jacinto College students, alumni, and faculty members will provide musical entertainment. The event will raise funds for music and audio engineering scholarships. Tickets are $50 per plate, or $350 for a table of eight. For more information, please visit www.sanjac.edu/music-gala.
On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m., the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of James Park, will perform traditional Christmas music, as well as a special presentation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat” for choir, soloists, and orchestra. The concert will be staged at Slocomb Auditorium. Singers from San Jacinto College will perform in the concert, with solo performances by Dr. Paul Busselberg and Rebecca Pyper, San Jacinto College music professors. Admission is $10 per person, and tickets may be purchased at the door.
North Campus concerts
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the North Campus wind ensemble, under the direction of music professor Amanda Dickson, will perform various selections, including “First Suite in E-flat” (Holst), “Variations on a Shaker Melody” (Copland), “Overture to Candide” (Bernstein), “Earth Song” (Ticheli), as well as concert marches and other selections.
On Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., North Campus choral students, under the direction of music professor Dr. Edgar Moore, will present a varied program of holiday music. The concert choir will perform “Lift Up Your Heads” (from Handel’s Messiah), and “Uns ist ein Kind geboren” (Cantata no. 142 by J.S. Bach). The small vocal ensemble will perform “Three Spanish Carols,” and a medley of songs by Irving Berlin, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holidays,” and “White Christmas.”
South Campus concert
On Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., members of the South Campus choir will perform well-known Christmas selections, including “Jingle Bells,” “I Wonder as I Wander” by Niles, “Veni Emmanuel” arranged by Kodaly, and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Victoria. There will also be traditional non-seasonal choral works, including “Ubi Caritas” by Leavitt, “Good Night, Dear Heart” by Forrest, and “Praise Him” by Cox, as well as a special performance of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from the movie Frozen. The concert will be accompanied on piano by music professor Mark Buller. The performance will also feature solo performances by private voice students.
San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three campuses.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.