Some Musical Notes

ALEX GRUBER, ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

St. Norbert College is finishing the semester with a plethora of festive musical events for all to enjoy.

The Dance Company of Green Bay put on their annual production of “The Nutcracker”from Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Nov. 29 in the Walter Theater. The quintessential Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker”was produced by the Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky in 1892, who composed its music and based its plot on E. T. A. Hoffman’s 1816 short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

As stated by its website, the Dance Company’s mission is to “foster an appreciation and understanding of various forms of dance in our community.”One of its main goals as part of that mission is to “communicate through dance to all people, including those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience this art form, such as they physically, economically or mentally challenged.”

St. Norbert College held its annual Festival of Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theater. The event featured performances from all of the college’s music ensembles, including the concert band, wind ensemble and jazz band; the flute, hand bell and brass ensembles; and the men’s choir, women’s choir and Chamber Singers. A dessert reception followed in the Michels Ballroom with music provided by the St. Norbert College jazz band under the direction of Dr. Eric High.

The college’s music department hosted the Brass and Organ Christmas Spectacular at St. Norbert Abbey on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The concert was free and open to the public, with free will donations accepted for the “Nubbie”Ecker Chamber Music Endowment. The concert featured the Abbey Singers, the flute choir directed by Dr. Kortney James and the bell choir directed by Dr. Linda Cook, with Father Michael Frisch, O. Praem., playing the abbey’s famous Casavant organ.

Upcoming musical events at St. Norbert College include Knights on Broadway’s Christmas with the Knights from Tuesday, Dec. 15 to Saturday, Dec. 19 in Dudley Birder Hall. Tickets are $9 for students. More information can be found at http://www.snc.edu/tickets.

Check back here next semester for more updates on musical happenings around campus. Until then, “The St. Norbert Times”wishes you a festive and musical holiday season! See you in 2016!

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