(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.
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