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Nov. 28: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Presents Annual Holiday Concert With Robert Page, Dec. 7


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Presents
Annual Holiday Concert With Robert Page, Dec. 7

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music presents its annual holiday concert at noon, Friday, Dec. 7 in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center. In the concert, which is free and open to the public, 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 will be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3 and on the Internet at

"The annual holiday concert is a wonderful way for Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh community to celebrate the holiday season," said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Few things are as emblematic of the holiday season as Christmas carols."

The program includes holiday staples like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song," as well as Jule Styne's "Be a Santa." Classical pieces include Beethoven's energetic "Hallelujah" from "Christ on the Mount of Olives" and Mendelssohn's "There Shall a Star from Jacob" from "Christus." Also, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Ave Maria" gives the concert a South American flavor. Schubert's "Ave Maria" is also on the program.

The chorus and orchestra will also perform "Christmas Cantata" by American composer Daniel Pinkham, who was born in 1923 and studied with Barber and Nadia Boulanger. He died around Christmastime in 2006. The orchestra will play excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and Debussy.    

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."

For more information about the holiday concert, call 412-268-2383.