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CMU Philharmonic

November 29, 2009


Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and its School of Music present their annual holiday concert at noon, Friday, Dec. 4 in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center. Legendary Professor of Music Robert Page will conduct the combined forces of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus in holiday favorites and some lesser-known treasures. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3.

“The annual holiday concert at Carnegie Mellon has become a Pittsburgh tradition,” said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “The holiday concert is a fantastic way for the Carnegie Mellon community and our Pittsburgh neighbors to come and celebrate the holiday season together.”

The program features holiday staples like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “God Rest You Merry Gentleman” arranged by Arthur Harris, “Carol of the Bells” arranged by Wilhousky/Hayman and Page’s arrangement of “Joy, Joy, Joy.” Other highlights include Tom Cunningham’s “Merry Christmas Jazz” and School of Music faculty soloists Laura Knoop Very and Betsy Lawrence performing “Gloria” and “Chanukah Lights,” respectively.

“The holiday concert is our opportunity to thank both the university community and Pittsburgh for all of their support of this School of Music,” said Noel Zahler, head of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music. “We invite all to celebrate with us and wish everyone joyous holidays!”

Page is the Paul Mellon University 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.”