DePauw University Records releases 'Holiday Favorites' CD

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The DePauw University Cello Ensemble (above) -- featuring Peter Lockman, Erin Nicole Lupardus, Sungmin Peter Kim, Kazuki Hanado, Graeme Richmond, Federico Mattia Papi and Catt Anderson-Qui๑ones -- performs during the fourth annual DePauw Gala Saturday evening at the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

At the DePauw School of Music's Fourth Annual Holiday Gala over the weekend, Dean Mark McCoy announced the release of a new "Holiday Favorites" CD, a compilation recording of audience and conductors' favorites from three previous gala performances.

Produced on the school's own label, DePauw University Recordings, the CD, available for the first time at Saturday's gala, is now also available for purchase online.

Featured on the compact disc are the DePauw band, choirs, orchestra, percussion ensemble and university organist Carla Edwards.

No Holiday Gala would be complete without snow as vocalists Kerry Jennings, Caroline Smith, Pamela Coburn and Steven Linville toss up some white stuff while performing "Let It Snow" from the Irving Berlin holiday movie classic "White Christmas."

Composer and faculty member James A. Beckel's "A Christmas Fanfare" was also selected for inclusion, along with a special highlight -- Irving Berlin's "Let It Snow," arranged by faculty member Gregory Ristow for DePauw's very own "Three Tenors" -- Kerry Jennings, Joseph Leppek and Lucas Wassmer.

"Somewhere in My Memory"-- John Williams (DPU Choirs and Orchestra).

"A Christmas Fanfare" -- James A. Beckel Jr. (DPU Band).

"O Magnum Mysterium"-- Morten Lauridsen (DPU Choirs).

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" -- Traditional (Orchestra, Choirs and audience).

Excerpts from the ballet "The Nutcracker" -- Tchaikovsky (DPU Orchestra).

"Good King Wenceslas" -- Traditional (DePauw Percussion Ensemble).

"March of the Toys" -- Victor Herbert (DPU Band).

"Rudolph...?" -- Schwandt/Eidsvoog/Edwards (Carla Edwards, organ).

"Deck the Halls" -- Traditional (Orchestra, Choirs and audience).

"O Tannenbaum" -- Traditional (DPU Orchestra).

"Let It Snow" -- Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn/arr. Ristow (Jennings, Leppek and Wassmer, tenors).

"Sleigh Ride" -- Leroy Anderson (DPU Band).

"Jingle Bells" -- James Pierpoint (DePauw Chamber Singers).

"Silent Night" -- Traditional (Orchestra, Choirs and audience).

Russian Christmas Music -- Alfred Reed (DPU Choirs and Band).

"Here Comes Santa Claus" -- Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman (Orchestra, Choirs and audience).

"White Christmas" -- Irving Berlin (DePauw Chamber Singers).

Concert Suite from "The Polar Express" -- Alan Silvestri (DPU Orchestra).

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" -- Traditional (Orchestra, Choirs and audience).

The CD "Holiday Favorites" is currently available at www.brownpapertickets.com/ref/177416/event/1029543. The online cost, which includes all shipping, handling and processing, is $10.

The new CD can also be purchased in person, for $5, at the School of Music Main Office, located within DePauw's Green Center for the Performing Arts, 605 S. College Ave.

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