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Current Issue: December 8, 2003
Volume 39, Number 10

University Chorus, UNM bands perform ‘An American Holiday’

By Laurie Mellas Ramirez

The University Chorus will join with the UNM Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band to perform the works of Aaron Copland, Daniel Pinkham and Michael Daugherty for “An American Holiday” Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Popejoy Hall.

“We do a large concert every December,” said University Chorus Director Bradley Ellingboe. “This is a bit of a departure for us. We typically perform to something like Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. This semester we are doing something a little lighter. And, since all the composers are American, we are calling the concert ‘An American Holiday.’”

The chorus has performed only once before with the Wind Symphony, a UNM band directed by Eric Rombach-Kendall. This performance also features the UNM Symphonic Band, directed by Miller Asbill. The band will give the first performance of the evening followed by the chorus’ rendition of Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.”

The three groups will perform independently throughout the evening and then the University Chorus and Wind Symphony will combine to perform American folksongs arranged by Copland, Ellingboe said.

The University Chorus is a non-auditioned oratorio society. Of the more than 140 members, about 25 are UNM students and another 25 are faculty and staff with the remaining from the greater Albuquerque community.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students and $7 children. Funds raised at the performance will benefit an endowed scholarship fund for chorus music at UNM.

For tickets go to tickets.com online or call 1-800-905-3315; call UNM ticketing, 925-5858, or visit any UNM ticket office.