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Holiday sounds: 2 concerts scheduled to help usher in the season

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will usher in the holiday season with back-to-back concerts.

The first performance features the University Choir and Orchestra.
The concert will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will usher in the holiday season with back-to-back concerts.

The first performance features the University Choir and Orchestra.
The concert will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include the 65-voice University Choir, the 28-voice Chamber Singers and the eight-member vocal jazz group, VocalEase. The orchestral and vocal ensembles will be directed by associate professors of music Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, Dr. Gregory Wolynec and Valerie Oyen-Larsen.

This concert is full of festive holiday music including a colorful set of carols for choir and orchestra by Randol Bass titled “Feast of Carols.” This medley includes seasonal songs “The Holly and the Ivy” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The orchestra and chorus will also perform Johann Strauss Jr.'s “Tales from Vienna Woods,” a traditional Viennese waltz popular during the holiday season.

After the concert, the audience will be able to visit in the lobby while listening to APSU's Honors Brass Quintet under the direction of Richard Steffen.

The second venue, “Do You Hear What I Hear,” will feature performances by renowned guitarist Paul Binkley and the APSU music faculty.

This event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Admission to “Do You Hear What I Hear” is free for APSU students with a valid Govs I.D. General admission tickets will cost $5.

Binkley is president of GrandVista Music. Highly respected as an acoustic guitar specialist, he has performed with a diverse group of artists including Lari White, The Fifth Dimension, Mandy Barnett and Lorrie Morgan. He also spent five years performing with the country group, Alabama.

He has served as the music director for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the Mockingbird Theater, the Nashville Children's Theatre and the Coterie Theater in Kansas City. Presently, he lends his musical talents and orchestration skills to many of GrandVista's product lines.

The APSU music faculty is composed of skilled and versatile musicians and vocal performers who have played in venues across the globe.

For more information, contact the APSU music department, (931) 221-7818. -- Barry A. Williams