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UW Gala Holiday Concert is Sunday

November 30, 2011

The University of Wyoming's annual Gala Holiday Concerts will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Both performances, which often sell out, will be in the Fine Arts concert hall.

Tickets, on sale in the Fine Arts and Wyoming Union ticket offices, cost $10 for the public, $6 for students and $7 for senior citizens. Dinner tickets cost $40. Call (307) 766-6666 for more information or to order tickets by telephone, or visit

UW's concert ensembles will perform, including the Bel Canto Women' Choir, Civic Chorus, Happy Jacks, Singing Statesmen, Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Symphony. Department of Music faculty members Robert Belser, Michael Griffith, Nicole Lamartine and Zach Vreeman will conduct. Before the concert, UW's Pan Band, a Caribbean steel drum ensemble led by Steve Barnhart, will perform.

UW Professor Rod Garnett spent last year on sabbatical in Moldova, studying a folk instrument called the Nai, a type of pan-pipe. He will perform some unique holiday music, accompanied by Lisa Rickard on the piano.

The UW Symphony will bring music from the delightful children's animated film, "The Snowman," narrated by English Professor Peter Parolin. The concert will end with a medley of carols titled "The Many Moods of Christmas." At the end organist Punch Williamson will perform his traditional holiday postlude for the departing audience.

The Symphony Association's Holiday Dinner will be held between the two performances, at a new location this year: The old Union Pacific train depot.

"With wine, music, conversation, beautiful decorations and a silent auction, it's a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and support the UWSO scholarships fund," says Griffith.

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