Dordt Ensembles Present Christmas Concerts

A variety of Christmas ensemble concerts

Concert Band

On Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m., Dordt’s instrumental ensembles will perform a concert of praise and celebration in Dordt’s B.J. Haan Auditorium. The concert will feature three of Dordt’s ensembles: Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band.

The Campus-Community Band’s performance will include works by Philip Sparke, Frescobaldi, Tschesnokoff, Jeff Simmons, and Julie Giroux. Sparke’s “Mary’s Boy Child,” arranged to be a Calypso, and “Cowboy Christmas,” arranged by Jeff Simmons, will be the band’s feature pieces.

Dordt’s Chamber Orchestra will play five selections: “Chanson Triste,” by Kalinnikoff, “Serenade de Mandolines,” by L.C. Desormes, “Suite for Strings,” by Henry Purcell, arranged by Albert Coates, “Riu Riu, Chiu,” arranged by Marshall Fine, and “Shepherd’s Dance,” by Gian Carlo Menotti, arranged by Lloyd Conley.

The Concert Band will perform works by Alfred Reed, Mark Camphouse, W. Francis McBeth, and John Wasson. The highlight piece is, “Of Sailors and Whales: Five Scenes from Melville” by Francis McBeth. In this piece, the band will sing, and a narration will be read by Dr. Mary Dengler, a Dordt English faculty member.

The Dordt College Kantorei and Jazz Band will perform on Tuesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The concert will be a Christmas jazz night. The Kantorei will feature an a capella rendition of “Mary Did You Know” by Pentatonix, in addition to more familiar carols. The Jazz Band will perform some swinging holiday classics such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

On Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. over 160 singers will perform in a Dordt choral Christmas concert in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The concert will feature Bella Voce, a women’s chorus, in addition to Chorale and Concert Choir. The choirs will perform Christmas songs recognizing the wondrous gift of the birth of Christ. Highlights include works by Eric Whitacre, Jake Runestad, John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, Knut Nystedt, Vijay Singh, and Michael Engelhardt. Stunning a capella compositions will be side by side with several forms of accompaniment such as piano, cello, harp, and hand bells, that will bring a deep texture to the program.