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APSU hosting 2 holiday music concerts next month

The garland is going up. A few strands of lights are already hanging from trees. The checkout lines at department stores are growing a little longer. All you need to finish ushering in the holiday season is a little music.

Thats where the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts come into play. The two organizations are hosting two concerts next month, providing the proper soundtrack for the December festivities.
The garland is going up. A few strands of lights are already hanging from trees. The checkout lines at department stores are growing a little longer. All you need to finish ushering in the holiday season is a little music.

That's where the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts come into play. The two organizations are hosting two concerts next month, providing the proper soundtrack for the December festivities.

The first event is the Holiday Choral Concert, which begins at 3 p.m., Dec. 6 in the campus Music/Mass Communication Building's Concert Hall. Music professor Korre Foster will conduct the Governors Singers, the University Choir, the Chamber Singers and the Instrumental Ensemble.

“It'll include music from around the world, from Rachmaninoff to Bach, including languages such as Latin, English, German, Swedish and Creole,” Foster said.

Admission is only two cans of food per person. The food will be donated to the local Loaves and Fishes.

A week later, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 13, members of the Austin Peay Symphony Orchestra will take the stage for a Holiday Concert. This year, conductor Gregory Wolynec intends to bring a little European flair to the afternoon's program.

“One of the great traditions in all of music is the New Year's Day Concert from Vienna,” Wolynec said. “They play all sorts of pieces by Johann Strauss and his family. We're doing Vienna in Clarksville.”

The APSU concert will follow the New Year's Day program, featuring overtures and waltzes and novelty pieces.

“This is the first time we've done an entire program like this. It's a great way to sort of celebrate the holidays, and it's not completely over the top with nothing but Christmas,” Wolynec said.

The orchestra's holiday concert will also be in the Music/Mass Communication Building's Concert Hall. The concert is free to APSU students with an I.D., $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and $20 for a family of four.

For more information on these two events, contact the APSU Department of Music at 221-7818. -- Charles Booth