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UMD Holiday Concert at Orchestra Hall
A Memorable Celebration Planned
Join UMD at 8 pm on Friday, December 5 for what School of Fine Arts Dean Jack Bowman calls a “magical event” at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. “There’s something about performing in a premier concert venue that makes all of the performers better musicians. We know magic happens, because we’ve seen it when our students have performed in Carnegie Hall or the Montreux Jazz Festival. When you combine the excitement of the holidays with performing in an impressive space, it’s sure to be memorable.”
The UMD Holiday Concert, Sounds of the Season, will feature performances by the Lake Effect Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, University Singers, Chamber Singers, and the UMD Symphony Orchestra. “The wide range of music offered means a lively and entertaining performance,” said Music Department Head Theodore Schoen. The program includes a spiritual medley, a Chanukah song sung in Hebrew, and an old-fashioned sing-along. The full UMD Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Dean Bowman, will perform Holst’s “Christmas Day.”
To add to the festivities, UMD is presenting a pre-concert buffet at 6 pm that evening at the Hilton Minneapolis. It’s only a skywalk away from the concert at Orchestra Hall. The buffet and concert package tickets are $38 and reservations can be made by calling UMD toll free at 866-726-7164 by December 1. For concert tickets only ($17 adults, $15 students/children) call the Orchestra Hall Box Office at 800-292-4141 or visit their website on-line at www.minnesotaorchestra.org.
How Do You Get to Orchestra Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.
Zylstra and Wallrich credit their instructors for much of that energy. “We have an awesome faculty,” Zylstra said. Wallrich agrees. “We have some great individuals with great qualifications. We are amazed at some of the people they’ve studied with,” Wallrich said. The students also have access to visiting performers. Recently soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian performed a recital as part of the Ovation Guest Artist Concert Series. The next day she ran a master class for vocal performers. Zylstra recalls with amazement when last year Johan De Meij, renowned composer and conductor who has performed around the world, was a UMD Band guest composer-in-residence.
The caliber of the faculty and visiting artists is high but so is the caliber of the students, who devote long hours honing their craft. In addition to class time, there are hours spent practicing. “Not only by yourself, but with ensembles,” Zylstra said.
See a video of the UMD Lake Effect Jazz Ensemble in rehearsal
Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann and Cheryl Reitan
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