SU winter music festival begins Saturday

Classical works, jazz and sounds of the holidays: Music fills the air during Salisbury University’s annual winter music festival, “Holiday Travels,” Dec. 2 through 9.

All performances are 7:30 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

The Salisbury and University chorales, which I direct, open the weeklong celebration with their concert “Christmas in the Southwest,” featuring faculty and student solos, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Selections include “Gloria” by John Rutter and two works by Conrad Susa: “A Christmas Garland” (with an opportunity for the audience to sing along) and Carols and Lullabies. The latter is a suite of 10 Spanish American and two Catalán (French-influenced) carols.

The festival continues with two midweek performances. The Salisbury Pops’ annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 5, directed by Lee Knier, includes the debut of a new flute ensemble and a transcription of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s German classic “O Tannenbaum,” as well as a Stan Kenton jazz arrangement of the carol based on the Czech story of “Good King Wenceslas.” Tenor John Wesley Wright is guest soloist and leads a sing-along. Santa greets children from the audience, and donations also are accepted for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The SU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jerry Tabor, performs on Thursday, Dec. 7. The program is centered on composer-performers from two bands: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and One for All. Selections represent contemporary jazz and funk, including David Hazeltine’s “Pearls,” Steve Davis’ “Letter to Mary” and Bobby Watson’s “Ode for Aaron,” among others.

The festival culminates Saturday, Dec. 9, with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra concert “Joyeux Noël!” featuring guest harpist Jacqueline Pollauf.  She has performed at the Library of Congress, as well as the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada, and recently premiered a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall. Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, the French-centric program includes Boieldieu’s Harp Concerto and Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1, as well as holiday favorites.

Admission to the chorale concert is $12; $9 for seniors 60 and over, and SU alumni; $5 for non-SU students; free for children under 10. Admission to the Salisbury Pops and SU Jazz Ensemble concerts is free. Advance tickets are available at or by phone at 410-543-6228.

SSO admission is $25, $20 for seniors age 60 and over, $5 for all students. Advance tickets are available at and at the Guerrieri Student Union Information Desk. For more information call 410-543-8366.

The festival is sponsored by the Music, Theatre and Dance Department. For more information call 410-548-5588 or visit

During this “travel season” enjoy a variety of musical offerings to serve your listening pleasure.


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