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Christmas at Augustana to feature Christmas favorites and commissioned works

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Press release submitted by Augustana College

Christmas at Augustana concert to feature Christmas favorites and commissioned works

Rock Island, Ill.- As part of its Celebration of Christmas,Augustana College will present its fifth annual performances of Christmas at Augustana on November 30 at 8 p.m. and December 1 at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7thAve.).Tickets are $20 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens and $10 for students and Augustana faculty/staff.
Christmas at Augustana has delighted audiences in sold-out performances of Christmas classics and commissioned pieces.With music presented by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra and Wennerberg Men's Chorus,this concert offers something for everyone.
Dr. Jacob Bancks, assistant professor of music at Augustana,and composer Walter Pelz were commissioned to writepieces for this year's performances.Dr. Bancks' piece, a setting of O Magnum Mysterium, is a "masterpiece," according to Dr. Daniel Culver, professor of music and co-chair of the department of music at Augustana. "It's a meditation that is beautifully written and will definitely have a big impact on the audience." The concert will end with the great fanfare of Pelz's arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High for combined choirs and orchestra.
Augustana Symphony Orchestra member Lizzie Lundine'15, a music education major from Villa Park, Ill., said, "The Christmas concert brings many of the music ensembles together.This combining of choirs, brass and orchestra brings more to the music than just notes and dynamics.There is a love for the season and a joy with friends and family. My family includes many Augustana College alumni, and they love to come back for this beautiful musical concert."
Christmas at Augustana is one event ina series of performances planned for the Christmas season. See below for a list of the remaining performances of the celebration.
• Handel's Messiah – featuring the Handel Oratorio Society and Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra
o Jon Hurty, conductor; soloists: Emily Truckenbrod, soprano; Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano; William Ferguson, tenor; and Philip Zawisza, baritone
o Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall
o Tickets: $20 general public, $16 senior citizens, $10 students and Augustana faculty/staff
 Complimentary tickets are available for junior high and high school students and their families through the support of the Meredith Foundation
• Lessons and Carols – featuring the Augustana Chamber Singers
o Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4 and 8 p.m. in Ascension Chapel (820 38th St.)
o Free and open to the public
Tickets for all of the college's Celebration of Christmas events, including Christmas at Augustana and Messiah, are available through the Augustana Ticket Office at or by calling (309) 794-7306. For more information, please contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication,at (309) 794-7833 or

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberalarts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each studentup to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with aprofessor. Alumni include 139 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and otherdistinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most importantwaterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.