University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 21, 2011

The University of Wisconsin–Stout Concert Band, directed by Aaron M. Durst, will present its annual Holiday Concert 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Menomonie High School auditorium, 1715 5th St. W.

The band will perform traditional selections beginning with the new composition “Ignition” by Todd Stalter. Following, John Zdechlik uses the well-known melody of “The Gift to Be Simple” in the band classic “Chorale and Shaker Dance.”

The lighter selections “Into the Storm” by Robert W. Smith and Brian Balmages’s “Among the Clouds” may inspire picturesque images for the listener. A transcription of Morton Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” for choir is a rich, contemplative work that takes for its inspiration a Matins Christmas chant text used by composers throughout the centuries to celebrate the Nativity.

The concert will close with an arrangement of Mannheim Steamroller’s “Pat-A-Pan” and a medley of traditional carols in Kenny Biershenk’s “A Christmas Celebration.”

In addition, the UW-Stout Brass Quintet will perform “Silent Night” arranged by Zach Smith, and the Saxophone Quartet will perform Bill Holcombe’s arrangement of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Because of the renovation of the UW-Stout Memorial Student Center, the concert will be held at the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the UW-Stout Service Center in Merle M. Price Commons, 715-232-1122, online at and at the door.