"Christmas at Concordia" will bring together all student ensembles for the 32nd consecutive year in a 90-minute, holiday celebration of holiday favorites Friday and Saturday, December 6-7.
More than 1,600 people will attend this yuletide extravaganza in The Chapel of The Christ Triumphant, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. “Christmas at Concordia remains a perfect example after more than 30 years of music bringing the campus and community together for a shared, joyous experience,” said longtime music department chairman Dr. Louis Menchaca. Adult tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performances are $20, while youths 17 and under are free, but need to have a ticket.
Among the selections chosen by Kammerchor, Selah, The Alleluia Ringers, The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Jazz Ensemble, The Chapel Ringers and other ensembles are:
- Oh Christmas Tree, Sleigh Ride, Ding Dong! and Merrily On High.
- Instrumental Ensembles: A “French” Christmas Intrada by Alfred Reed, and Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fideles by Claude Smith.
- Vocal Ensembles: Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree, by Elizabeth Poston, arr. Carl Schalk; Nova! Nova! by Bob Chilcott, and Blessed Be That Maid Marie, arr. Jim Leininger.
Dr. Menchaca conducts The Jazz Ensemble, The String Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra and The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the latter which will be in Florida during January’s Winterim for its “Greater Tampa Performance Tour 2020.” Dr. Alexa Doebele directs Kammerchor and the select women’s choir, Selah, as well as The Chapel Ringers. Kammerchor, which is German for “chamber choir,” will be touring Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic during spring break next March.
Both handbell choirs and the Civic Chorale are directed by Assistant Professor Mark Bloedow. Johanna Anderson, associate professor of instrumental music, conducts the university band.
A limited number of tickets to “Christmas at Concordia” are available, but must be secured in advance by calling or e-mailing Kelsey Flath at 262-243-4405, or email@example.com. A link to buy tickets can also be found at cuw.edu/musicevents.
If this story has inspired you, why not explore how you can help further Concordia's mission through giving.