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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
November 19, 2004

Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts and the School of Music Present Their Annual Holiday Concert Friday, December 3 at Noon

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts and the School of Music are proud to present their annual Holiday Concert at noon Friday, December 3, in the College of Fine Arts Great Hall. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus will perform under the direction of Robert Page. This special holiday event is free and open to the public. The concert will also be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3.

"The Holiday Concert is among Carnegie Mellon's most beloved community traditions. The Great Hall of the College of Fine Arts is transformed by music representing the joy of the season through many traditions and times. Page leads our marvelous students in a great living gift to the campus and the city," said Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music.

The concert will feature holiday standards such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Other selections will include the Shepherd's Chorus from Hector Berlioz's "L'Enfance du Christ," Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."

Page is the Paul Mellon Professor of Music and director of choral studies at Carnegie Mellon. Choirs under Page's direction can be heard on 40 discs issued by major recording companies, including Columbia, London, RCA, Telarc and Decca. Page has received eight Grammy nominations and has received Grammy awards for recordings of "Catulli Carmina" and "Carmina Burana," a Grand Prix du Disque for "Porgy and Bess" and a Prix Mondial de Montreux for the world premiere recording of Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)."

For more information, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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