Music department hosts jazz band, choir concert

By Victoria March

The music department hosted its annual Christmas jazz concert Nov. 30. The concert featured the Blue River Big Band and HU’s concert choir, directed by George Kllian, Ph. D.

(Illustration by Victoria March)

Thirteen members in the Blue River Big Band played a variety of instruments, including trumpets, saxophones and a cello. The group began the evening with several songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.”

“We do a joint concert with the Blue River Big Band about every two or three years, but this is the first time we did a Christmas Concert together,” Killian said.

Accompanying the the Big River Blue Band in several songs was Shannon Persinger. Persinger was called Wednesday evening to come and perform for the Friday night show because the regular soloist for the Blue River Big Band had lost her voice.

The concert choir sang several songs including, “Sleigh Ride” which students Molly Williams and Brittney Blazier each performed a solo, and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” which sophomore Ja’Shon Burks performed a solo for.  Killian also performed his own solo in the song “Frosty the Bluesman.”

“The Concert Choir has been awesome this year,” Killian said. “We’ve had a balanced number of singers in each section and some really great voices too.”

Many of the choir’s songs were from the music of Take 6, a Christian vocal jazz group.

“Their arrangements are very difficult to sing and require a great deal of musicianship,” Killian said.

Arthur Wilson read the Christmas story before the concert ended with two closing songs.

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