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Transylvania music family comes together for concert Friday

choir practice

Dozens of musicians — from singers to string players to saxophonists — come together Friday night in Haggin Auditorium for a Transylvania Music Family Concert.

Beginning at 7, the free, public show includes the university’s Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Choir and Transylvania Singers.

“It will have something for everyone,” said Angela Eaton, coordinator of applied music. The varied program features classical pieces from composers like Stravinsky and Mahler, as well as a traditional Irish blessing, a jazz piece and more. Check out the program.

Eaton will play piano during the performance, along with faculty members Daniel Koehn, bass-baritone; Meg Saunders, violin; Clyde Beavers, cello; and Paul Reich, bass, as well as guest artist Chris Teesdale, drumset.

A theme for the performances is “Peace, Joy, Love and Hope,” Eaton said, adding it will count toward the credits students need to get by attending concerts.

“I always talk about the power of music,” Eaton said. “I have a lot of piano students here who will be coming to get the concert attendance, but they’ll be leaving with happiness and joy in their souls from hearing the music.”

Sophomore Erin Kendall said, “It’s going to be a very fun time. We’ll have a wide range of music.”

Embodying the dedication these Pioneers are giving the performance, Kendall is not only in the Transylvania Singers, but also plays flute for the band. “I have rehearsal for choir at 3, and then I go immediately to band rehearsal at 4:30 and I stay there until we get out at around 6 o’clock.”

The Transylvania Singers, made up of sopranos and altos, and the larger choir will each perform three pieces during the show, and then join for a combined one.

On Dec. 8, they’ll all take the stage with the orchestra and band for a medley during Transylvania’s Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.