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Siberian Solstice, a musical group from northwest Ohio, will present a concert of traditional Christmas music and other classical pieces Dec. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave. The 7 p.m. concert will be preceded by a soup and sandwich supper from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church’s Community Life Center. The concert and supper are free and open to the public. A freewill offering to benefit the band will be collected during the concert and a freewill offering to benefit the Trinity Youth Group will be collected during the dinner.
The Ohio Northern University Wind and Symphony orchestras will play at the “Gaudete: The It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet” concert. The Wind Orchestra will present Ron Nelson’s “Lauds”; Yasahide Ito’s “Gloriosa”; David Gillingham’s “Providence”; and Robert Reynolds’ arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” The Symphony will perform “Psalm and Fugue” by Alan Hovhaness; Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody”; and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite No. 1.”
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale will headline “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert. Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music, and Jonathan Wey, visiting conductor, will conduct Camerata Singers, a select chamber choir, and the University Chorale, a 56-member mixed ensemble. Accompanying the choirs and the audience during three carols will be pianist Ana Yoder Coulter, an adjunct instructor. Students from the choirs will serve as Scripture readers. The readings, taken from prophetic writings about the Messiah’s coming and from the Christmas story, are interspersed with various Christmas pieces. Tickets are available at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.
The Fostoria Community Band will present a holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.
Some of the pieces that will be performed include “A Christmas Celebration,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Fanfare Prelude: Adeste Fidelis.”
The Tuba Family Players, a nine-piece tuba ensemble, will be featured as they perform “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and “White Christmas.”
Co-directors Thomas Schetter and Jeff Buchanan will conduct the 45-member band.
Musicians are from Fostoria and the surrounding area and range in age from high school to senior citizens.
The concert is being sponsored by the Fostoria Community Arts Council and Ralph Sackett, in honor of the members of the 1923 Fostoria High School Band which was named national champions in the first national high school band competition.