SMC offers free holiday concertsPublished 6:35pm Monday, December 3, 2012
Two free holiday concerts, featuring the Southwestern Michigan College’s band and choral ensembles, will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the theater of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. The performances are SMC’s annual holiday gift to the community.
The Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Flute Choir and Euba Ensemble (tuba/euphonium) will perform during the holiday concerts. Symphonic Band selections will include “Carol of the Bells,” “Midnight Sleigh Ride,” “Chanson for Christmas” (based on the carol “Bring Me Torch Jeanette, Isabella”), and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson performed with the SMC Choirs.
The Jazz Ensemble selections will include “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” (as played by the U.S. Air Force Band) and “Winter Wonderland.” SMC choirs performing include Concert Choir, Select Voices, Men’s Ensemble and Women’s World Ensemble.
Joining the SMC choirs will be the choir from the St. Joseph First United Methodist Church, under the direction of James Kraus.
The choir will feature a chamber of local professional musicians as well as current SMC instrumentalists.
The choral portion of the concert will feature one of Robert Shaw’s Christmas Suites, Many Moods of Christmas and arrangements of two local Michiana composers, Jim Kraus, of St. Joseph, and David Seitz, of Mishawaka, Ind.