Holiday Concert for the Hungry

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Jingle Bells sheet music

Classic Holiday tunes and the spirit of giving packed WSU on Dec 5.

The holidays are quickly approaching and now is great time to check out all of the great music opportunities.  On Dec. 5, the Winona State University Music Department held the Holiday Concert for the Hungry.  It’s an annual concert put on by the Winona State band, conducted by Dr. Donald Lovejoy, in partnership with the Winona Volunteer Food Shelf Services.  The admittance price is either a free will donation, or a non-perishable food item, where all the proceeds go to the Food Shelf. This year’s concert was a huge success!

The concert started off with a bang with the Winona State Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Paul Vance.  The Band has invited the Orchestra to perform for several years now, and it has become something that many of the students look forward to each year.  The orchestra performed two excellent pieces; one by Rossini and another by Prokofiev, as well as a Cello Quartet arrangement by Mozart in the middle.

The Band went next with a large collection of Christmas carols and familiar Holiday tunes.  They also performed a medley of Hanukkah songs which added a bit of extra flair to the night.  And finally, at the end of the concert, the both orchestra and band students put on their festive gear, such as Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and Snowman hats and play the piece.  It was a sing-a-long of all of the favorite christmas tunes, like “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Merry Little Christmas”.

It was a really fun concert for a chilly night while also benefit the local community. If you didn’t get to go this year but still want help the Winona Volunteer Services, visit the Winona Volunteer Services website.

To see clips of the band rehearsing, watch this video on Facebook.

We hope you can make it to the Holiday concert next year. In the meantime, happy holidays.

— Suzanne Smith, guest blogger


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