Columbia State to give 2 fall concerts

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The Columbia State Community College Department of Music will present its fall concert on Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. in the Ledbetter Auditorium and on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Columbia State’s choir will perform a holiday concert featuring works by two famous choral composers, John Rutter and Dan Forrest, under the direction of Judith Morehouse, Columbia State associate professor of music. The program’s highlight is Forrest’s “Gloria In Excelsis” from “LUX,” a major, modern classical work in the finest tradition. Several of Forrest’s other songs bring a great sense of calm and joy and feature local professional musicians.

The school’s chamber ensemble will then close the concert with two of Rutter’s most famous Christmas carols, “Candlelight Carol” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

“From Mozart’s aria ‘Bester Jüngling’ to Gilpin’s arrangement of ‘The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers’ to the Great American Songbook favorite ‘The Christmas Song,’ this concert is sure to have something for everyone,” Morehouse said.

Dr. Mark Lee, Columbia State professor of music, will lead the performance ensemble in classical music selections for guitar and wind instruments.

The concerts are free and open to the public. The Ledbetter Auditorium is in the Frank G. Clement Building on the Columbia campus, located at 1665 Hampshire Pike. First Presbyterian Church is located at 801 South High Street in Columbia.

The choir can also be seen at the Tennessee State Museum on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. The Tennessee State Museum is located at 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Nashville.

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