The much anticipated Friends of Music Annual Holiday Gala will be held on Saturday, Dec, 1, at 7:30 p.m. and, as always there will be a matinee performance, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Frank Center of Shepherd University.
Always a sold-out favorite, this year?s Saturday's performance is being followed by a reception at Cress Creek Country Club. The Sunday matinee is a special treat for children and their families. In addition to the concert, a sing-along led by Dr. Rob Tudor, chairman of the Department of Music, an instrument petting zoo with SUDOM students and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus is all part of the afternoon. Ticket prices for Sunday?s Holiday Family Gala are $22 for adults, $5 for those 18 and under and children 5 and under are FREE.
"We all get so busy at this time of year and the Holiday Concert is a great time for the families and friends in our community to come together to share in this season of generosity, wonder, and gratitude.? said Dr. Tudor, "The carol sing during the concert is a wonderful way for us to express this together through music. It feels like coming home because it invokes such a strong sense of community."
Come enjoy the sounds of the season and narrative 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, featuring the Shepherd University Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Women's Camerata, Men's Choir, Jazz Octet, Chamber Singers and a wonderful time for the whole family.
The mission of Friends of Music, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to support the Shepherd University Department of Music and promote musical excellence throughout the region.? The 2011-2012 season has featured the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Masterworks and Piffaro have played to a sold-out audience. Mini-series subscriptions for three or five concerts are now being offered.
To purchase tickets to the Holiday Gala and Cress Creek reception, mini-series information and to learn more about the Friends of Music, call 304.876.5765 or visit www.sufom.org.