Jazz students at Saint Mary’s to present ‘Swinging with Ella’

Jazz students at Saint Mary’s University continue their semester-long celebration of music by four legendary jazz musicians, all born in 1917, with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Swing into the holidays on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. as the jazz groups and guest vocalists bring Ella’s holiday classics to Page Theatre.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas was released in 1960 and featured the “first lady of song” on many holiday favorites. “Swinging With Ella” will also highlight the singer’s work with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. And the three “birthday boys” — Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonius Monk — are sure to make a return visit as well. Honoring the “first lady of song” with their vocal talents will be Saint Mary’s students Courtney McGovan, Darren Cajipo, Erin McCoy, and Shauna Frahm.

‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 9

The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by the Saint Mary’s University Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

“Lessons and Carols” reflects on the Christmas story through several short readings, hymns, and Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Music includes familiar carols and selections by composers from the Renaissance to the present.

The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels is located at Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona.

Enjoy sounds of the season with Saint Mary’s Concert Band, Dec. 10

Come “Celebrate Christmas” with the Concert Band on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in the beautiful Page Theatre. The performance will feature diverse music of the season from Medieval times to jazzy big band sounds.

Following the stage performance, small ensembles will perform traditional carols at a cookie reception in the Ben Miller lobby.

The concert opens with a brass fanfare (Pachelbel’s “Magnificat” for trumpets and trombones), followed by an arrangement by Philip Sparke of two Medieval carols (“Coventry Carol” and “Gaudate”) and a setting of the old English Sussex carol “On Christmas Night” for small wind ensemble. The centerpiece of the performance is Alfred Reed’s powerful “Russian Christmas Music,” followed by Verne Reynolds’ masterful transcription of “O Magnum Mysterium.” The concert concludes with a medley of familiar holiday tunes by Robert Sheldon in a 1940’s big band style, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

Under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, the Saint Mary’s Concert Band welcomes musicians from campus and from the community who enjoy performing in both large and small ensembles.

Tickets for each performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the box office, 507-457-1715, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

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