Music groups wrap up school year

By Sarah McMillin, Staff Writer 

The Susquehanna Chamber Singers will perform on Friday, Dec. 1 and the Susquehanna Symphonic Band will perform on Saturday, Dec. 2. Both performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Both the Chamber Singers, conducted by Susquehanna alumnus Christopher Hoster and the Symphonic Band, conducted by associate professor of music Eric Hinton, have performed earlier in the semester, making this their second notable performances of the school year.

The Chamber Singers will sing Heinrich Shutz’s “Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi (Historia of the Birth of Jesus Christ).” The Symphonic Band will play numerous pieces, including Leonard Bernstein’s “Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy” and Guy Woolfenden’s “Firedance.”

Student participants said that getting music prepared and ready for the performances has been a bit of a challenge for both groups.

“It’s been a bit of a crunch,” sophomore clarinetist Charlotte Wood said. “We’ve definitely had to work.”

“Especially with ‘Firedance’ because it’s difficult and fast and has a lot of meter changes,” Wood continued. “We’ve also had a collaborative pianist this time, which was interesting and fun to incorporate.”

Wood also praised the opportunity for music groups to perform multiple times over the course of the year.

“It’s nice to have multiple concerts because we get to show our stuff more and then people know what we do and how hard we work,” Wood said.

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