One day only: the annual Augustana Christmas Concert
Posted on November 26, 2015 by Christopher Thrall
Join us for this meaningful and joyous Augustana choral tradition on Sunday, December 6.
Sunday, December 6 [3:00 pm]
Augustana Faith & Life Chapel
On Sunday, December 6, join conductors Dr. Brendan Lord and Dr. John Wiebe, the choirs of the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, and musical guests, as they present their annual Christmas concert in the Faith & Life Chapel.
The concert, A Rose in Winter, brings warmth, colour, life and hope, offered during this beautiful season of cold and white. Hear works by Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn, interspersed with pieces by contemporary composers Ivo Antognini, Bob Chilcott, Ola Gjeilo, Paul Mealor, John Tavener and Augustana’s very own Milton Schlosser.
Included in the concert are excerpts from Canadian composer Sarah Quartel’s captivating piece, Snow Angel, sung by Augustana’s women’s choir, Sangkor. In this piece, two angels are portrayed – the young and tattooed angel who aches to make a difference in the life of her human, and the playful angel child who sets out to bring a smile to the face of a sad friend. The Augustana’s men’s choir, Mannskor, together with alumna Julia Buker, explore Vancouver composer Rupert Lang’s wonderful Magnificat, where the Christmas story is told from the very human perspective of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who responds, viscerally, to the dramatic message the angel Gabriel brings her. The Augustana Choir, Josephine van Lier (cello) and Dr. Roger Admiral (portative) present JS Bach’s celebratory motet, Der Geist Hilft which features the antiphonal singing of two choirs on this uplifting and reassuring text.
Join us for this meaningful and joyous Augustana choral tradition. For more information, call the Augustana Fine Arts Office (ph. 780-679-1532). Tickets are $20 (adults); $15 (students/ seniors/children) and are available at the door.
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