BENJAMIN K. PAPLHAM | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST
Nick Carncross ’17 held his student recital last month on Sun, Nov. 20 at 1:00 p.m. Carncross is a Music Performance major at SNC with a concentration in trumpet.
During his recital, Carncross performed “Artunian Trumpet Concerto” by Alexander Artunian, “Piece en Forme de Habanera” by Maurice Ravel, a vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff and the “Double Trumpet Concerto” by Antonio Vivaldi.
Besides the trumpet, Carncross has a variety of musical interests. Along with the trumpet, he plays the trombone and the guitar. Though he has no particular favorite band or musician, Carncross enjoys a broad range of genres such as jazz, classical, rock, funk and metal. Currently, two of Carncross’ top bands are Trombone Shorty, which he describes as “New Orleans funk,” and Snarky Puppy, a jazz group comprised of University of North Texas graduates. Carncross says that if he could perform any song, he’d want to groove to “Beaver Patrol,” a track from the Jaco Pastorius Big Band album “The Word is Out.”
After his time at SNC, Carncross hopes to attend graduate school at some point in the future, but first he would like to audition for a military band (no specific branch decided yet) and spend a couple terms there.
On Fri, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the annual Festival of Christmas Concert was performed in the Walter Theatre. The Concert featured various SNC groups from the Music Department as an ensemble celebrating the start of the holiday season.
Included in the program were the SNC Bell Choir conducted by Dr. Linda Cook, which opened the performance with five full octaves of handbells; the SNC Concert Band and the Wind Ensemble, both directed by Michael Lund Ziegler; and several SNC Choirs directed by Dr. Sarah Parks, which sang classic and new arrangements of holiday classics like “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “The Holly and the Ivy” and more.
Over 200 SNC faculty and students gathered together to make the magical event possible. The night concluded with a grand performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus.
On Sat, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., the annual Brass and Organ Christmas Spectacular was held at St. Norbert Abbey.
The concert featured the Faculty Brass Quintet with Fr. Michael Frisch on the Organ, the Abbey Singers directed by Fr. Frisch, the SNC Bell Choir conducted by Dr. Linda Cook and the SNC Flute Choir directed by Dr. Kortney James.
The Spectacular performed a multitude of holiday music, both sacred and secular.
Dr. Eric High commented, “Christmas music played on brass instruments with organ is very celebratory and majestic. It is a great way to ring in the holiday season.”