PULLMAN, Wash. – The annual holiday concert at Washington State University will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Bryan Hall Theatre. It will be prior to the community tree-lighting ceremony and visit from Santa in downtown Pullman. 
Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the concert: $10 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.
The University Singers, conducted by Dean Luethi, will present four selections: “Personent Hodie,” a medieval carol set by Lara Hoggard that speaks in praise of the newborn King; the final movement, “And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth,” from Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah;” William Dawson’s arrangement of the African-American spiritual “Mary Had a Baby;” and James Biery’s arrangement of the Adolphe Adam carol “O Holy Night.”
The Madrigal Chamber Singers, directed by Lori Wiest, will perform: arrangements of the Polish carol “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” and the English carol “The Holly and the Ivy;” the Gustav Holst setting of “Lullay My Liking;” and “This Little Babe,” performed with harpist Daniella Clark, from Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Soprano soloist Julie Anne Wieck will be featured with Clark in a traditional setting of “Ave Maria.”
The Concert Choir, conducted by Wiest, will present: Orlandus Lassus’ setting of the text “Jubilate Deo;” a powerful and mysterious setting of “O Magnum Mysterium” by French composer Francis Poulenc; John Rutter’s “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind;” and an arrangement of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” by Geoffrey Keating. Merrill Merchant is accompanist for the choir.
The Symphony Orchestra, directed by Matthew Aubin, will perform works by Dvorak and Borodin, as well as Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves.”
The concert will conclude with a combined performance of Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” for orchestra and choirs.
Lori Wiest, 509-335-5647, lwiest@wsu.edu
Sandra Albers, 509-335-4148, sandra_albers@wsu.edu