The Spirit of Christmas will echo across the Tusculum campus on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., as the Tusculum Band program presents its annual Christmas concert in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.
Prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m., there will be a tree lighting ceremony in front of Byrd Fine Arts Building. Dr. James Hurley and his family will host the lighting of a triad of evergreens and offer the opportunity to join together for some pre-concert caroling. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be served.
During the holiday concert, the audience can expect to hear new and exciting arrangements of familiar Christmas songs performed by the Handbell Choir, the Jazz Band and the Concert Band.
The Handbell Choir will be playing “Carol of the Birds” by Jason W. Krug, “Emmanuel’s Night” by David Price, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” by Benjamin A. Tucker, and “Riu Riu Chiu” by Sondra K. Tucker.
The Jazz Band will offer their versions of the Christmas classics “Jingle Bell Boogie” by Bryan Kidd, “The First Noel” by Bob Curnow, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” by Roger Holmes, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Dave Wolpe, and “Joy to the World” by Richard DeRosa.
The Concert Band will bring down the house with a longer set filled with lesser-known songs such as, “Appalachian Snowfall” by Bob Phillips and George Megaw, “Candlelight Carol” by Jay Dawson, “When Saint Nick Comes Marching In” by Robert W. Smith, and “Bring a Torch” by David Shipps.
Band director David Price is excited about the chance to showcase the band program’s talent to the public, especially Tusculum students.
The local community is encouraged to attend the performance, which is free and open to the public. The event is offered as an arts and lecture credit for Tusculum College residential students. More than 300 people are expected to be in attendance.
Tusculum, the first institution of higher education in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is committed to providing a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement. Approximately eighteen hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and two off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars.