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OCC Music Department Winter Concert Dec. 8

Winter Concert FlyerThe Olney Central College Music Department will present its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature the OCC Concert Choir along with the OCC Concert Band, Big Band, Commercial Music Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Contemporary Music Ensemble.

OCC Director of Bands Wade Baker said the holiday-themed concert will bring the college’s vocal and instrumental musicians together for several selections.

“We are making the Winter Concert more of a Music Department show by intermingling the choir and the different ensembles,” Baker said. “The choir will be providing background vocals to the ensembles so this will be a full Music Department production.”

The Concert Band will perform Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as arranged by legendary Tonight Show Band Leader Doc Severinsen. The selection will feature Kyle Beaman on trumpet. Guest vocalist Jamie Taylor will join the band for Let It Go, the Oscar-winning song from Disney’s animated feature Frozen.

The Commercial Music Ensemble will perform the remixed version of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, from the new CG animated movie, The Grinch. The selection will feature James Whitfield with background vocals by the Concert Choir. The group also will present Mariah Carey’s familiar arrangement of All I Want for Christmas is You.

The ensemble will be joined by vocalists Jessica McDonald, who is directing the Concert Choir this fall, and her husband, Derek Mason, as they sing the Michael Buble and Carly Rae Jepsen arrangement of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Jingle Bell Rock.

The Contemporary Music Ensemble’s selections will include an arrangement of Joy to World by the rock band Train and O Holy Night featuring vocals by Taylor and the Concert Choir.

OCC’s Jazz Combo will put its own modern twist on the traditional carol, The Little Drummer Boy and also will perform Christmas Time is Here from the beloved animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Among the OCC Big Band’s selections will be Christina Aguilera’s version of This Christmas.

In addition to accompanying the ensembles, the OCC Concert Choir will present three selections of its own including a beautiful arrangement of Sussex Carol. This traditional English carol offers high, joyful energy from start to finish and will leave listeners picturing a snow-covered cottage on Christmas Eve. The group will add some humor to the night with I Want to Stare at My Phone with You (A Millennial Holiday Song), which expresses in a cute and jazzy way people’s love of their phones even during the holidays. The choir will wrap up its performance with the jolly, cheery, Christmas tune, Mozart’s Fa-La-La, which takes the familiar tune of Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” adds some lyrics from Deck the Hall along with a few ho-ho-hos and a lot of fa-la-las.

The evening of music also will include Katie Hostetter singing and playing her ukulele on the Hawaiian-themed Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka. Soloist Grace Thomason will perform The Carpenters’ holiday favorite Merry Christmas, Darling.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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