Holiday Concert at Rutgers–Camden to be Held on Dec. 8

Holiday Concert at Rutgers–Camden to be Held on Dec. 8

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The Rutgers–Camden Department of Fine Arts will ring in the holiday season with its inaugural, collaborative holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

This first-of-its-kind concert event will feature three of the Department of Music’s prominent ensembles, multiple soloists, and several Rutgers–Camden faculty members performing seasonal selections.

The concert, which is free and open to the general public, will be held in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located in the Fine Arts Complex, on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

The holiday concert will begin with a performance by the Rutgers–Camden Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Polack, a part-time lecturer of music. The ensemble will perform a series of instrumental selections, including “Greensleeves,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and a medley of other holiday-themed tunes.

Julianne Baird
The Rutgers–Camden Madrigal Ensemble will then take the stage to present traditional, medieval, and renaissance choral music, under the direction of world-renowned soprano Julianne Baird, a distinguished professor of music.

The concert will then feature the Rutgers University Singers, performing seasonal favorites, under the direction of Julia Zavadsky, a part-time lecturer of music. In addition, there will be a guest performance by the Camden Creative Arts High School Choir, and several solos and duets by Rutgers–Camden students and faculty.  Arias from Handel’s “Messiah” will feature Baird and student Dionne Fields, joined by Mark Zaki, an assistant professor of music, and Stefan Örn Arnarson, theater programs director.

Zavadsky and Baird will conclude the concert with a community sing-along. Following the performance, a reception will be held in the Gordon Theater lobby, where the audience members will have the opportunity to mingle with the performers and directors while enjoying complimentary cookies and cocoa.

Before and after the performance, a toy drive will be set up in the lobby. Audience members are encouraged to bring a toy with them for donation. All donations received will be distributed to families in need over the holiday season.

Seating is available on a limited basis. For further information, please contact Jake Hufner in the Department of Fine Arts at 856-225-6176 or jhufner@camden.rutgers.edu.

For directions to Rutgers–Camden, please visit camden.rutgers.edu/resources/getting-to-campus.

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