Forget finals with U singers

By Christie Franke, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. Practically every student on campus is fried beyond belief, tensions are palpable and all anyone wants to do is curl up in front of the TV and forget about the reality of finals.

It’s the perfect atmosphere for a Christmas concert, and that is precisely what the university choirs are doing. They are putting on a two-night show this weekend to lighten the mood before finals. And what better way to take a break than to listen to some quality holiday music? The University Singers, A Cappella Choir and Women’s Choir will be accompanied by a variety of instruments, from organ to piano to harp, as they sing Christmas classics.

The U Choirs Holiday Concert promises to be fascinating because Christmas music can be haunting, uplifting, funny or just plain obnoxious. People have been singing Christmas carols for time out of mind. It stands to reason, then, that most Christmas carols are complex undertakings that are actually harder to sing than you’d think from a general listen.

Choirs generally start practicing for their seasonal concerts in October, perfecting tone and pitch so as to ensure the best quality performance possible. The Choirs are made up of vocal students, and under the direction of Brady Allred, they have really mastered the sound needed for a good performance. The concerts this weekend are going to be fun and gratifying8212;not the work of amateurs.

The Holiday Concert will be held Friday and Saturday in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for general audience and $3.50 for students (but beware8212;they will charge you more if you use a credit card). Ring in the season the right way, and let your mind take a much-needed break for a few hours.

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