Friday, November 19, 2004

The Fairmont State Collegiate Singers under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Poland, accompanied by Dr. Mary Lynne Bennett, will perform a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Colebank Hall on the main FS campus.

In a medley of traditional favorites, including a few with audience participation, the choir will sing "A Christmas Garland" arranged by Conrad Susa. The garland is woven around popular verses of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "I Saw Three Ships," "We Three Kings," The Coventry Carol" and "Joy to the World." These songs are contrasted by compositions with Latin texts for the Christmas holiday: "Resonent in Laudibus" by Stroope, "Virga Jesse" by Bruckner and an "Ave Maria" by Busto.

The Chamber Choir will perform modern settings of new and ancient poems, as well as familiar tunes such as Alice Parker's setting of "Fum, Fum, Fum," and John Rutter's music for Christina Rossetti's words, "Love Came Down at Christmas." Chamber Choir includes a rhythmic and challenging version of "Glory to God in the Highest" by the respected American composer Randall Thompson and other selections.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.