As the temperature gets colder and the snow starts to fall, the Colleges will warm the hearts of those who attend the season’s musical line-up.
The events kicked off on Tuesday, Dec. 2 in St. John’s Chapel with a performance by the Colleges String and Woodwind Ensembles. The ensembles are directed by Applied Instructors Andy Zaplatynsky and John Oberbrunner.
Just two days later, the campus enjoyed a second concert: a performance by the Colleges Jazz Ensemble at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center.
The following evening, the Colleges Guitar Ensemble explored its repertoire at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 in St. John’s Chapel.
On Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., the Colleges Community Chorus will hold its 31st annual holiday concert, performing a Missa Brevis by Mozart, a Psalm setting by Telemann and the Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah.
This year, members of the Colleges’ and Geneva communities can look forward to a 60-voice ensemble of students, faculty, staff and community members dedicated to excellence in choral music and rehearse each Monday evening.
“The group had grown to numbers not seen in more than 10 years, and, as such, we are able to perform challenging music that will be a delight for our audience,” said Chorus director Brian Russell. “We haven’t performed Handel’s Messiah in over 15 years, and we are happy to present it to the Geneva community.”
The musical lineup will come to a close with a performance by the Colleges Brass Ensemble at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 in St. John’s Chapel. The ensemble is directed by Applied Instructor Jim Trowbridge.
In recent years, capacity crowds have filled St. John’s Chapel to hear HWS musical performances. This year is sure to carry on that tradition of heart-warming and ear-pleasing excellence.