(Photo by MARILYN CULLER)
The popular event will feature music from various traditions performed by soloists and ensembles from the school.
"The choir, band and orchestra, as well as a host of soloists and chamber groups, will perform music from a wide array of styles and holiday traditions," Mark McCoy, dean of the School of Music, said. "While patterned on last year's event, there are plenty of surprises and lots of great music in store."
This year there will be two separate performances of the gala concert. On Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., audiences can attend a full-length program with a reception, and on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m., the School of Music will present a shorter concert for families and children.
It is rumored that Santa Claus may take a break from his hectic schedule for a very brief visit to the Sunday concert.
Several local restaurants -- including 2 West, Almost Home, Chief's, Final Approach, The Fluttering Duck, Mama Nunz and Monical's Pizza -- have partnered with the school to provide dinner specials on Saturday night and ensure customers arrive at the concert before 7 p.m.
These restaurants will also give out vouchers for free tickets to the Holiday Gala. Details on these dinner specials can be found online at www.depauw.edu/music/holidaygala or by calling the participating restaurant.
Prior to the Saturday evening performance, carolers from the School of Music can also be heard in stores and restaurants on the square.
A reception will take place following the Saturday event.
The Holiday Gala is presented as part of "Greencastle: A Home for the Holidays," which was created in an effort to tie together various events in the Greencastle Community. The following seasonal activities are planned to provide additional holiday cheer:
|*||Saturday, Dec. 1 at sunset -- Luminarias on the DePauw campus will be presented by the DePauw Bonner Scholars.|
|*||Dec. 1-4, Putnam County Giving Tree -- Providing desired gifts to families in need of assistance, the Putnam County Giving Tree will be present at both performances of the Holiday Gala for patron participation (provided by the DePauw Civic Fellows), as well as at the Lights of Love event (hosted by the Greencastle Civic League).|
|*||Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., Greencastle Courthouse -- Lights of Love will be presented by the Greencastle Civic League in honor or remembrance of loved ones. Music will be provided by the DePauw School of Music and choirs from Greencastle schools, and luminarias will be placed around the courthouse square. This event is free and open to the public.|
|*||Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m., Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church -- The School of Music will present Readings and Carols, a concert of mid-winter songs performed by the DePauw University choirs. This event is free an open to the public.|
General admission tickets for the Holiday Gala concerts are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets for children, students and senior citizens are free. The school's "pay-what-you-can" option, which allows patrons to pay only what they can afford, is also available online and at the box office to anyone who requests it.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.depauw.edu/music/tickets or in person at the Green Center Box Office, 605 S. College Ave. For additional details, persons may call 658-4380.