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Nov. 30: Carnegie Mellon Students Sing and Play Holiday Classics, Friday, Dec. 3

Contacts:  Eric Sloss / 412-268-5765 / ecs@andrew.cmu.edu
Kristi Ries / 412-268-4290 / kries@andrew.cmu.edu

Carnegie Mellon Students Sing and Play
Holiday Classics, Friday, Dec. 3

Robert Page Will Lead the CMU Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus


PITTSBURGH—'Tis the season for holiday music.
     
Robert PageWhether it's in the background in department stores or on 24-hour radio stations, anytime between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day you can hear holiday tunes everywhere. But, nothing is more uplifting than hearing Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir and the Repertory Chorus play and sing holiday classics live every year on CMU's campus. 
     
What has turned into a regional tradition, CMU's College of Fine Arts and its School of Music will present the annual Holiday Concert at noon, Friday, Dec. 3 in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center. This special event is free and open to all members of the campus community and the public. The concert will be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3 and on the Internet at http://destination.cfa.cmu.edu.
     
"The School of Music's Holiday Concert has become as beloved and essential an annual tradition in Pittsburgh as 'Light-Up Night,' 'The Nutcracker,' 'A Christmas Carol' and 'The Messiah,'" said Dan Martin, the interim Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts. "It is a cherished gift from our wonderful instrumentalists and singers to Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh region."
           
Robert Page, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of Choral Studies at the School of Music, will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs in this festive concert of holiday favorites. A light post-concert reception also open to the public will follow the event.
     
The women's chorus and the philharmonic will perform conductor Page's arrangement of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The orchestra and choir will perform "Joy to the World," and Tchaikovsky's famous "Waltz of the Flowers" from "The Nutcracker" will be performed by the philharmonic. Other holiday favorites included in the program are "O Come, O Come Immanuel" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" as well as "Chanukah Lights."
     
Page's choirs 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 details about the holiday concert call 412-268-2383 or visit music.cmu.edu.

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Pictured above is Robert Page.