Transylvania concert to ring in holiday season Dec. 6

For the past three decades, Transylvania University musicians have entertained audiences with festive tunes in the Gift of Holiday Music Concert.

This tradition continues this year as students, faculty and staff in a variety of ensembles come together on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.

The public is encouraged to visit campus for the free event, which also benefits the local community — boxes will be set up in the lobby for concert goers to donate non-perishable food to God’s Pantry.

“It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” said professor Ben Hawkins, music director of instrumental ensembles.

The program will feature an array of holiday favorites, along with tunes you may not have heard before — from “Hanukkah Festival Overture” to “Stars and Stripes for Christmas” to “Sleigh Ride.” There even will be an audience sing-along.

The concert band, chamber orchestra, choir, Transylvania singers and Grace Notes a cappella group will perform separately and as a whole. And participating for the second year will be the faculty-staff choir, joined by Interim President John N. Williams ’74, who sang in the choir when he attended Transylvania.

“It’s an opportunity for most everybody in the music program to perform together and celebrate not only the end of classes but the beginning of the holiday season,” Hawkins said.