CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 4, 2014 – Families, especially those with young children, are invited to join in the Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble’s Family Holiday Concerts Dec. 13 at Southeast’s River Campus.
The concerts are expected to be delightfully upbeat, with egg-shaking and sing-along opportunities, offering an entertaining entrée to the holiday season.
“It’s a fun concert,” said Shane Mizicko, director of Southeast’s Percussion Ensemble. “Everyone always has a blast. It should definitely be a great experience for everyone who attends. It’s really geared towards families with young children and is a festive atmosphere to kick off the season.”
Two identical performances are planned for 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Youngsters of all ages are invited to color before the concerts, and enjoy complimentary milk and cookies after the performances.
Due to popular demand, Southeast’s Department of Music has added a second Family Holiday Concert to the lineup this year to accommodate all wishing to attend, said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director and associate dean of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. The events are free and open to the public.
Dedicated to Jeanine Larson Dobbins, first lady of Southeast Missouri State University, the concerts will feature Southeast’s Chamber Choir, Steel Drum Band and members of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
“Mrs. Dobbins’ commitment and service to our community has been both inspirational and invaluable for the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director and associate dean of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “We thank her for her tireless efforts for the arts.”
The program is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour and will include a slideshow of “Frosty the Snowman” during which audience members will be invited to sing along. The show will feature excerpts from “Frozen” along with traditional holiday favorites, including “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” “We Three Kings,” “Frosty/Rudolph/Santa Medley,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Little Jazz Drummer Boy” and “Feliz Navidad,” among others.