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Tech 'town and gown' Choral Union premier is December 9 with 'Evening in December'


As the Christmas season begins, a new "town and gown" singing group is offering an Evening in December concert of works ranging from the sacred to Shakespeare and holiday favorites.

The Sunday, December 9, concert will be the premiere of the Montana Tech Choral Union, which brings together singers from the college, Butte, and outlying communities.

"Montana Tech's new Choral Union is a remarkable joining of college and community," said director Gary Funk. "Since the beginning of the fall semester, students have been gathering every Monday evening with Tech faculty, staff and many singers from Butte and the surrounding region simply to sing together.

"While attending the Choral Union's inaugural concert, audience members will have the opportunity to observe one of the essentials of the season of peace: the making of beautiful music. All of us associated with the Choral Union are looking forward to sharing our Evening in December with the Tech campus and the larger community."

The Choral Union boasts more than 70 singers, and other area musicians who will arrangements ranging from brass and bell choirs to the Medieval flavorings of 12th Century France.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Seating is limited at the auditorium, so be sure to get there in plenty of time.

And if the concert should inspire you to want to sing in the group, Funk will be holding auditions for both student and community singers on the evening of next semester’s first rehearsal on Monday, January 14. The auditions will begin at 6 p.m. and will continue if necessary after the rehearsal ends at 9 p.m.

For more information on auditions, contact Funk at 406-529-1379 or sylvele@aol.com.

The concert lineup includes the following:
Personent Hodie. Setting by Lara G. Hoggard
An Evening in December. By Tricia Walker, arranged by David Maddux.
Carol of the Bells. By Peter J. Wilhousky and Mykola Leontovich, arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky.
Ave Maria. By Javier Busto
He is Born! Traditional French Carol, arranged by Dan Forrest
Blow, Blow, Though Winter Wind. From ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare, setting by John Rutter
Hodie! Traditional text, music by John Leavitt
Still, Still, Still. Austrian carol, lyrics by Marilyn Keith and Alan Bergman, arranged by Norman Luboff
There is No Rose. Benjamin Britten
Hope for Resolution, a Song for Mandela and de Klerk. Arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.
I Wish You Christmas. By John Rutter
Arise, Your Light Has Come. By David Danner