December 12, 2017
Brown Center filled with sounds of the season during Vespers Concert
Members of Cowley College's Concert Choir and CC Singers, along with the Concert Band and Jazz Band, gave breathtaking performances during Sunday’s Christmas Vespers Concert held in the Robert Brown Theatre.
The Cowley College Bands kicked off the holiday season with a fantastic performance on Sunday. “The students in the bands worked hard to not only prepare a fun program that featured performances by both the Jazz and Concert Bands, but they also decked the halls with some incredible decorations to help ring in the holidays,” director of instrumental music Evan Ricker said.
A highlight of the performance was a wind band setting of "The Night Before Christmas" narrated by Mark Flickinger, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts.
“With such wonderful audience reception, the Cowley College Music Department is well on its way to establishing some new college and community traditions,” Ricker said.
The bands were followed by the CC Singers performing One Voice (by Barry Manilow) and two traditional favorites: I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Carol of the Bells.
The Concert Choir performed two sacred settings entitled Alleluia and Ubi Caritas (Where charity and love are); Sing We Now of Christmas, a traditional carol; and Canticle of Winter, an original composition and text by Joseph Martin.
Director of vocal music David Smith was pleased with the turnout of more than 300 people, as well as the students’ performance on both the band and choral sides.
“I am very proud of their achievement. I received several positive comments from community members and colleagues who attended, and I want to personally thank everyone for coming out and allowing us to share our music with them,” Smith said.
Following Vespers, audience members headed over to the college’s Earle N. Wright Community Room for a reception hosted by the Cowley College Foundation.