Carnegie Mellon University

Nov. 20 - Holiday Concert

Contact: Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, School of Music
Present Annual Holiday Concert Friday, Dec. 8    

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts and its School of Music will present their annual Holiday Concert at noon, Friday, Dec. 8 in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center. 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, and will be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3.    

"We present this concert as a gift to the university and the Pittsburgh community, as a token to celebrate the holiday season," said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"The popular Holiday Concert is one of the many wonderful artistic programs offered at the College of Fine Arts. While nothing can compare with the Great Hall of the College of Fine Arts building, we hope the change in venue will provide a better acoustic for the students' performance and more comfortable seating for our guests to enjoy the music," Robinson said.    

The concert will feature holiday standards such as "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Silent Night." Other selections will include "Gloucester Wassail/Boar's Head Carol," "Scenes from Hansel and Gretel," Anton Bruckner's "Ave Maria" and J.S. Bach's "Dona Nobis Pacem" from "Mass in B Minor."     

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 earned 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 about the Holiday Concert, call 412-268-2383.

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