10th Annual Family Holiday Concert Set for Dec. 2

Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music presents the Percussion Ensemble’s Family Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The 10th year for this holiday tradition continues the River Campus’s commitment to offering a variety of family entertainment. This event will take place in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. The first performance will start at 10:30 a.m. and the second will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

“I am very excited to see that what was just an idea I had in early 2008 has become a holiday tradition for so many in our community and has continued to grow each and every year,” said Dr. Shane Mizicko, professor of music and director of percussion ensemble, drum line and front ensemble. “Each year I strive to keep some of the traditional repertoire as well as expand into new repertoire and new guest performers.”

The Southeast Aerial Dance Ensemble and the Southeast Drum Line and Front Ensemble will be performing with the Percussion Ensemble.

“This is the first time that the Southeast Drum Line and Front Ensemble will be featured. They will be playing an exciting rendition of the traditional ‘Drummer Boy’ as well as a new arrangement of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version of ‘Carol of the Bells,’” said Mizicko. “This is also the first time that the Southeast Aerial Dance Ensemble will be featured. They will be dancing on the floor as well as suspended above the stage floor to a beautiful arrangement of ‘I Wonder as I Wander’ and ‘We Three Kings.’”

Holiday classic songs such as “Do you Hear What I Hear,” “Star of Wonder,” and “Christmas Time is Here,” will be played. Also, the traditional slide shows will be featured adding even more visual excitement to the kid favorite songs such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Polar Express.”   Many of these songs encourage the audience to participate with egg-shaker play-alongs and sing-along songs.

Complimentary milk and cookies will be provided for the children following the concert. Coloring activities will also be available.

“In total, there will be more than 45 performers involved in the concert and even more volunteers helping with the milk and cookies, egg shaker sales, pre-concert lobby music and more. It’s definitely grown into an event that has taken on a life of its own and has introduced the wonderful world of percussion to many throughout our community,” said Mizicko.

For more information regarding the Family Holiday Concert contact Dr. Shane Mizicko at smizicko@semo.edu or call him at (573) 651- 2343. Also, for more information regarding upcoming events at the River Campus, please visit http://rivercampus.org/calendar/.