BHSU music department to hold Holiday FanFare concert

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, November 19, 2014/Categories: 2014

The Black Hills State University concert choir performs during the 2013 holiday concert. The concert choir, chamber singers, men's ensemble and community concert band will perform a Holiday FanFare show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU campus.

The Black Hills State University community concert band performs during the 2013 holiday concert.

The Black Hills State University community concert band and concert choir, along with the chamber singers and men's ensemble, will perform in a Holiday Fanfare concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

A fanfare show includes short tunes played on brass instruments and accompanied by percussion.

The show will kick off with performances from the BHSU chamber singers, a select group of 16 performers under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Nero, associate professor of music at BHSU.

The group will perform three holiday selections, "Love Came Down at Christmas," "Silent Night," and a set of variations of the "Lo, How a Rose" carols by German composer Hugo Distler. Following the chamber singers, the five-member BHSU men's ensemble will perform traditional carols, including the holiday classic, "O Christmas Tree."

The concert choir will complete the first half of the show, performing several selections including "A Choral Amen," "O'Do Not Move" and "The Lamb."

"O'Do Not Move" and "The Lamb," both written by British composer John Tavener, are unique pieces to the show, Nero said.

"His music is very Eastern inspired and includes thin textures and is more of a soundscape piece," he said.

The BHSU community concert band, under the direction of Dr. Dave Berberick, assistant professor of music at BHSU, will perform the second half of the show. The band will offer a mix of holiday and secular music, including "Flourish for Glorious John," "A Christmas Festival," and "Greensleeves."

"The 'Flourish for Glorious John' piece was particularly interesting to me as it provides a fanfare opening with some really interesting percussion sounds," Berberick said. "Plus, we get to use our new marimba."

Although the show is comprised of mostly traditional holiday selections, some unique pieces are sprinkled in.

"I always struggle to find holiday music that is not the same stuff people hear each year," Berberick said. "The version of 'Greensleeves' we're performing is exactly that."

The English ballad from the late 1500s has been adapted for the concert. Berberick said the community concert band's performance of "Greensleeves" will start and end much differently that what the audience might expect.

Berberick added that "Salvation is Created" by Russian composer Pavel Tschesnokoff will offer a beautiful, expressive piece, while Frank Erickson's "Toccata for Band" is a fun, upbeat melody.

"This is the first musical program for the holiday season," Nero said. "Everyone - the choir, the band - sounds great. It's a nice way for us to collaborate and give a great program."

Upcoming shows for the fall semester include:
  • Northern Hills Honor Band Festival, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m., Spearfish High School auditorium
  • Madrigal Dinner, Dec. 4-6, 6:30 p.m., Meier Hall
  • Madrigal Dinner, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., Alex Johnson Hotel, Rapid City
The music department will open its spring semester on Feb. 1 with the Christopher Hahn faculty trumpet recital.
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