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Holiday Choral concert and Hanging of the Green set for Dec. 9

December 3, 2001

When Dr. George Mabry steps to the podium at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, he will be celebrating his 35th time conducting the Austin Peay State University Holiday Concert.

This annual event features the combined University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Brass Choir as they perform some of the best-loved music of the season. Well-known carols such as "I Saw Three Ships," "Coventry Carol," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel, " will resound throughout the concert hall of the music/mass communication building.

Some equally beautiful, though lesser known, music is also on the program, including the premiere performance of a new composition by Mabry. The Chamber Singers will perform this work, a setting of "The Lamb," taken from a poem from the "Songs of Innocence" by William Blake. A work titled "Nunc natus est altissimus" ("Now Is Born the Most High") by Dr. Jeffrey Wood, composer-in-residence at APSU, will be sung, with Wood providing piano accompaniment. Pianist Anne Glass of the music faculty will play George Frederick Handel's "With Cheerful Notes."

The 80-voice University Concert Choir will be joined by flutists Natasha Jacobs and Allison Bates in performances of "Angels to the Shepherds," "All My Heart" and "Wexford Carol." The APSU Brass Quintet, under the direction of Prof. Richard Steffen, will join the choir in a performance of Mabry's "Sing to the Lord" (Psalm 96).

The annual "Hanging of the Green" has been incorporated into the afternoon's events. This ritual marks Austin Peay's official beginning of the holiday season, as the choirs and audience join in singing time-honored carols and dedicate an array of poinsettias donated by members of the APSU faculty and staff. Each year, the poinsettias are delivered by the APSU Women's Volleyball team to people who are house-bound. Those attending are invited to join the performers for a holiday wassail toast following the concert. For more information, telephone 7876.