(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents “Seasons Greetings,” a collection of holiday favorites performed by the SOU Wind Ensemble on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the SOU Music Recital Hall.
This concert showcases the large wind ensemble at Southern Oregon University, under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Hutton. The SOU Wind Ensemble will perform “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with Sarah Wright, a Theatre Arts major, narrating the well-known poem. The concert includes selections from the Renaissance composition “Danserye” and “Patapan,” a traditional carol; Russian Christmas Music; selections from “The Nutcracker;” and “Sleigh Ride.” The concert also features the Brass Consort and Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra.
“All who enjoy band music with a holiday twist will enjoy this concert,” said Hutton. “I especially encourage all members of our community bands and folks who support the SOU wind and percussion collaborations to attend this concert.”
The SOU Wind Ensemble has approximately 45 members and is opened to talented student musicians from all campus disciplines. It is dedicated to the study of a diverse repertoire for winds and percussion from masterworks to recent commissions of new compositions. The SOU Wind Ensemble has performed for the Oregon State Music Educators Association Conference, the Lawrence R. Sutherland Intercollegiate Wind Band Festival, the College Band Director Regional Conference and the Western International Band Conference.
Hutton is Associate Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University. She teaches classes in conducting, music theory, aural skills, brass methods and instrumental music education. In addition to her role at SOU, Dr. Hutton is the Music Director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and has served as Conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra since 1995. She has served on the boards of the Oregon Music Educators Association and College Band Directors National Association, Northwest Division. As a horn artist, Dr. Hutton is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony and the RVSO Brass Quintet.
Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for senior citizens and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts. Contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.
About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.