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Lowe and Ferguson help APSU music department set holiday mood for area

Some of the countrys top musical talent is heading to Austin Peay State University this December to help bring a little holiday spirit to the Clarksville community.

Famed guitarist Mundell Lowe and vocalist and bass player Jim Ferguson will join the APSU music faculty at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 for Who Comes This Night: An Evening of Christmas Music at the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.
Some of the country's top musical talent is heading to Austin Peay State University this December to help bring a little holiday spirit to the Clarksville community.

Famed guitarist Mundell Lowe and vocalist and bass player Jim Ferguson will join the APSU music faculty at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 for “Who Comes This Night: An Evening of Christmas Music” at the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Lowe has worked with such jazz legends as Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. He played in studio bands for TV shows such as “A Date in Manhattan” with Cy Coleman, “The Kate Smith Hour” with Stan Getz and Doc Severinsen and Dave Garraway's “Today Show” with George Duvivier and Ed Shaughnessy.

His own recordings include “After Hours” with Sarah Vaughn and “Bittersweet” with Carmen McRae. Lowe works with his own quintet and tours with the Andre Previn Trio.

Ferguson began his career with the New Christy Minstrels, and after moving to Nashville in 1981, quickly established himself as a studio musician. In 1990, he joined Crystal Gayle's band as a singer, vocal arranger and bassist. As a leader, he has recorded two CDs, “Not Just Another Pretty Bass” and “Deep Summer Music.”

Ferguson and Lowe previously worked together on the duo album, “Haunted Heart.”

The Dec. 12 concert will feature large arrangements of “Who Comes This Night,” “The Christ Child's Lullaby” and “Silent Night.” The night's program will also feature smaller group versions of “Go Tell it on the Mountain” for brass quintet, “Let it Snow” for string quartet, “Greensleeves” for woodwind quintet and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” for percussion quartet.

Ferguson and Lowe will present their versions of other Christmas classics, such as “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

General admission is $5, and tickets will go on sale from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m., Dec. 9, at the Department of Music office in the Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 139.

For more information, please call the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818. -- Charles Booth