The University of Indianapolis Department of Music held a performance of “A Christmas Celebration” on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 10 at 4:00 p.m. in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall located in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Photo by Melvin Mendez
The University of Indianapolis Women’s Chorus performs “Merrily Sing Noel,” arranged by Linda Spevacek Avery on Dec. 8 in the Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, as a part of “A Christmas Celebration.” The concert also included other groups like the Handbell Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Schola and Concert Choir.

“A Christmas Celebration” consisted of the University Handbell Ensemble, the UIndy Concert Choir, Schola, Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Orchestra. Pre-concert music was presented by the University Handbell Ensemble which was conducted by instructor Peter Nichols.

Freshman music education major Chandler Yeoman played the trumpet as a part of the UIndy Chamber Orchestra and  said the hard work that the music students put into practices paid off.

“These Christmas performances are put [together], in a short amount of time,” Yeoman said. “We have concerts and then we start working on Christmas right afterwards. I think that the thing that I took away from it is how well people have done with the little amount of time that they had. I really thought the choir did phenomenal, the orchestra before the winds came on did amazing and overall everyone just did really really good.”

To begin the show, Marko Petricic began with an organ prelude and then senior music major Brandon Vos followed, performing “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” composed by Johann Pachelbel.  Following the performance the UIndy Concert Choir took the stage directed by professor Paul Krasnovsky and were accompanied by UIndy student Morgan Knight on the flute and Nichols and UIndy student Meghan Farris on handbells.

Schola followed with assistant professor Gregory Martin on the piano.  Schola performed pieces such as “Dixit Maria” composed by Hans Leo Hassler and “Il est né le divin enfant” a French traditional carol arranged by John Rutler. Following Schola, the UIndy Concert Choir returned and performed four more pieces until intermission.

To begin the second portion of the concert, the UIndy Women’s Chorus took the stage directed by Krasnovsky and accompanied by assistant professor Haruka Ostoji? on piano. They performed pieces such as “Merrily sin Noel!” composed by Linda Spevacek-Avery and “Deo Gracias” (from Ceremony of Carols) composed Benjamin Britten. For “Stille Nacht” composed by Franz Grüber, UIndy student Jamie Johnson accompanied the Women’s Chorus on guitar.

The UIndy Chamber Orchestra directed by Ariel Rudiakov and assistant professor Joana Genova finished the performance. The Chamber Orchestra performed pieces such as “Hungarian Dance No.5” composed Johannes Brahms and “Russian Dance” (from “The Nutcracker”) composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Freshman public health major Sara Panczyk said she liked the concert because she was put in the Christmas spirit.