Wind ensemble set to sleigh the stage

Lauren Ganger, Staff writer

The Mercyhurst University Wind Ensemble will perform under the baton of Scott Meier, Ph.D., on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
The afternoon’s program will feature Christmas music, starting off the Christmas season right before Thanksgiving break.
The program will feature “Fireside Christmas” by Sammy Nestico and “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed.
It will also feature “Emmanuel Variants” by Robert E. Foster and “Rhapsody on Christmas Carols” by Claude Smith.
They will also perform “And the Mountains Echoed Gloria” and “Stille Nacht” by Robert Longfield.
“Bells” by Claude T. Smith and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson will also be performed during the program.
“Fireside Christmas” is a medley of Christmas favorites “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “White Christmas.”
The next work on the program, “Russian Christmas Music,” provides contrast as it is an instrumental arrangement of a choral work.
Rachel Kinlan, a sophomore Music Education/clarinet major, said “‘Emmanuel Variants’ is a very exciting and fast-paced piece.”
In Kinlan’s words, “rhapsody on Christmas Carols” is another medley of Christmas songs, while “And the Mountains Echoed Gloria” “is a very full piece with multiple melodies playing at once.”
Kinlan describes “Stille Nacht” as “a beautiful work with a clarinet feature with some singing.”
“Bells” begins with fanfare from the trumpet section before the entire ensemble.
The program will end with the Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride.”
Tickets to this performance are $5 for the general public and $2 for Mercyhurst students, faculty and children aged 12 and under.