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Dec. 1: School of Music Presents Annual Holiday Concert With Robert Page, Dec. 5


Kristi Ries                

Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Presents
Annual Holiday Concert With Robert Page, Dec. 5

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music will present its free annual holiday concert at noon, Friday, Dec. 5 in the University Center's Rangos Ballroom. The concert will be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3.
Robert Page, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of Choral Studies at Carnegie Mellon, will conduct the combined forces of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus as they perform a wide range of traditional holiday favorites, classical renditions, as well as the world premiere of Christian Kriegeskotte's "Hodie Christus Natus Est." Kriegeskotte is pursuing his master's degree in composition at Carnegie Mellon.
"This is a wonderful way for us to showcase our incredible wealth of student talent in both our choirs and philharmonic," said Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music. "The Holiday Concert continues to be an important annual performance; it's a celebration for the entire campus community and beyond."  
This year's program includes holiday staples such as Harris' arrangement of "Joy to the World," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Winter Wonderland" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Other musical highlights include Gounod's "Sanctus," Fantasia on "The Holly and the Ivy," "Exulatate Deo" and "Hannukah Festival Overture." Featured violin soloists Sonia Shklarov and Emma Steele and cello soloist Christina Roytz will join the string orchestra in a "Christmas Concerto."
Page's distinguished career includes Grammy awards for his recordings of "Catulli Carmina" and "Carmina Burana," as well as eight other Grammy nominations. Page also has directed countless choirs, many of which can be heard on 40 discs issued by major recording companies including Columbia, London, RCA, Telarc and Decca. For more information about the Holiday Concert, call 412-268-2383.