Symphony, University Choir, Choral Union Combine to Perform ‘Holiday Classics’


symphony-violinAs a kickoff to the holiday season, the Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union of Southeast Missouri State University will present a heart-warming, festive concert on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, will feature 160 musicians in the symphony, University Choir and Choral Union performing this festive holiday concert.

Seasonal classics such as “Let It Snow!,” “Sleigh Ride” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” will be performed, as well as selections from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite.  Sara Edgerton and Barbara Lamont will conduct this varied and delightful program, to be presented by more than 160 orchestra and choral performers.

choir-2014The first portion of the concert will feature the symphony orchestra, with popular arrangements of Christmas carols and many seasonal tunes.  The second half of the concert will feature the symphony with the University Choir and Choral Union, performing an eclectic sampling of holiday music.  This portion of the program will include Gustav Holst’s traditional “Christmas Day (Choral Fantasy on Old Carols)” and such well-known songs as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” in a brilliant arrangement by the contemporary composer Randol Alan Bass.  Some lesser known works also will be presented, such as Edward Elgar’s haunting “The Snow” and “S’Vivon,” a traditional Jewish song.

With the University Choir and Choral Union combined, the choral personnel will number more than 100 singers.  The Southeast Missouri Symphony will include more than 65 orchestral musicians.  Thus, the combined forces on stage will be well over 160 musicians.

“I am very excited about this upcoming concert,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony.  “It is always thrilling to hear the combined sounds of the full symphony orchestra with a large chorus.  It will be amazing to hear the sounds of 160 musicians performing in the lovely setting of the Bedell Performance Hall! And, I think everyone will enjoy the wide range of music to be presented, from the very familiar and beloved holiday classics to several new beautiful works for choir and orchestra!”


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at