Students and community members continue practicing for this semester’s performances.

By Bria Warren, Staff Writer

Huntington University’s music ensembles are hard at work preparing for this semester’s performances. In upcoming weeks, the HU community will have the opportunity to attend performances by the symphonic band, concert choir and chamber orchestra.

The symphonic band, directed by Bryan Ringo, is an ensemble of wind and percussion instrumentalists, including students and community members. Their performance on Tuesday, Oct. 8 will feature a wide range of musical literature, from Franz von Suppé’s well-known Light Cavalry Overture to an arrangement of the hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth” by James Curnow.  

The concert choir is directed by music department chair George Killian. It consists of 20 members, including students from various majors across the campus. The choir works on a wide variety of musical styles. 

“We are learning many different types of music this semester,” Killian said. “Of course we have our spirituals and gospel music, but we are also working toward our two performances with [the] choir and orchestra this semester.”

The choir will be joined by the chamber orchestra, which is also under the direction of Killian, for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as a symphony by Johann Stamitz, on Sunday, Nov. 3. The ensembles will come together again on Sunday, Dec. 8 for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. 

“This semester’s selection of music has stood the test of time and deserves to live on by connecting us all to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through His gift of music,” Killian said.

To hear the ensembles in concert, be sure to attend their upcoming performances. The symphonic band will perform at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The concert choir and chamber orchestra’s first performance of the semester will be on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the First Nazarene Church in Huntington. The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will be on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntington.