13th Annual Percussion Ensemble Family Holiday Concert Set for Nov. 21

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Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music presents the 13th Annual Percussion Ensemble’s Family Holiday Concert on Saturday, Nov. 21.

This family-fun entertainment will be presented in two productions and will take place in the Academic Hall Auditorium. The first performance will start at 10:30 a.m. and the second will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but a $1 donation for those age 6 and above is requested.

Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

For many in the community, this concert has become a family tradition, said Dr. Shane Mizicko, associate professor of music and director of percussion at Southeast.

“The Family Holiday Concert provides a professional quality concert that is geared towards families with young children,” he said. “The music is energetic and upbeat. For many children, this will be their first time in a concert hall listening to live music. They can learn how to sit, observe and clap in a concert setting.”

Featured musical selections include “We Three Kings,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Carol of the Bells,” and a unique version of the traditional “Jingle Bells.”

Video projections will provide a visual element and excitement to kid-favorites including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Polar Express.”

Featured soloists are Dr. Sophia Han, assistant professor of upper strings, Dr. Zach Stern, assistant professor of saxophone, and student performer Jake White who will present an arrangement of “Greensleeves.”

The concert will also feature a reading of the poem “The Night Before Christmas” by Dr. Timothy Schmidt, professor of vocal music.

Audience members can purchase egg shakers to play during select pieces. Pre-packaged cookies will be available.

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