(Nov. 21, 2012) -- The UTSA Department of Music will open the holiday season with "Winterlude," a series of musical concerts featuring choral and student instrumental ensembles Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 2 on the UTSA Main Campus. UTSA Department of Music faculty members Charles Kuentz, Donald Miller, Ron Ellis and John Silantien will conduct the groups.
At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall, the UTSA University Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will take the audience on an instrumental tour with "Holiday Fantasy." Student song selections will include "Santa's Journey," "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "O Magnum Mysterium," "Ave Maria," "Hanukkah Festival of Lights," "The Bells of Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride."
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 in the UTSA Convocation Center, the UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band will perform musical and choreographed compositions from the 2012 Roadrunners football season. The 200+ member marching band also will feature holiday musical favorites.
At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall, the UTSA Orchestra and the UTSA Women's Choir will perform Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata." San Antonio Symphony harpist Rachel Harris will accompany the singers in a performance of Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." The evening will close with the UTSA Chamber Singers rendition of Conrad Susa's "Carols and Lullabies."
The "Winterlude" concert series will conclude at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall with a "Messiah" sing-a-long. The interactive concert will offer audience members the opportunity to sing Handel's masterpiece with various choirs and a featured organist.
Tickets to the concerts in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall are $10 and can be purchased at the UTSA Department of Music website.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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