Christmas music for English handbells will be “Comfort Ye” from Handel’s Messiah; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and traditional carols. The UCF Handbell Choir is directed by Jared Shepard.
Dr. James Spencer will conduct the S.U. Brass in their renditions of such pieces as “Dance of the Tumblers,” Verdi’s “Overture to Nabucco,” “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Commando March,” “Sleigh Ride,” “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Three Kings Swing,” “Let It Snow,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” among others. The concert also includes community carol singing accompanied by the SU Brass and UCF’s Director of Music Ministries, Jared Shepard, at the organ.
The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble is a group of thirty-five professional-level brass and percussion musicians. Members include Syracuse University faculty, staff and students, the State University of New York Upstate Medical University faculty and staff, and accomplished musicians from Upstate New York communities.
The SU Brass is a permanent ensemble-in-residence through The College of Arts and Sciences and Hendricks Chapel. SUBE performs about 16 concerts each year around Central New York, including the annual “Holidays at Hendricks” that is broadcast regionally on WCNY and affiliate stations. The ensemble has twice placed first nationally in the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championship Festival.
The concert includes a free-will offering for books for schools in Paulette, Haiti.
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Concertgoers are also encouraged to bring non-perishable foods for the F-M Community Outreach food pantry.
A reception will follow the concert in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!