ETSU Chorale presents Christmas concert

  JOHNSON CITY -- The East Tennessee State University Chorale will present the annual Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St.
  The 65-voice Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Jenrette, ETSU professor of Music, will perform short masterpieces of choral literature and traditional carols to celebrate the Christmas season.
  The program will open with works for spatially divided choirs, including Palestrina's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," John Tavener's "Magnificat" and the "Sanctus" from Leonard Bernstein's "Mass." The Chorale will be accompanied by pianists Ann Yates Jones and Jennifer Palmer, and percussionists Jordan Mason and Matthew Waldron. These pieces will be followed by works by 20th century British composers Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  The ETSU Women's Ensemble will open the second half of the concert under the direction of Eric Hodges, a member of the adjunct music faculty at ETSU, with a selection of original Christmas songs and traditional carols, including works by John Rutter and arrangements by Robert Page and Sally DeFord.
  The Chorale will conclude the evening with a collection of well-known Christmas songs and carols, including "Silent Night," "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Joy to the World." A vocal jazz ensemble will perform a jazz arrangement of "Some Children See Him." Featured soloists will be Clay Bailey and Stephen Farrior, Bristol; Leslie Anderson, Kingsport; Linda Brimer and Tyler Jones, Greeneville; Candra Savage, Johnson City; Byron Tolley, Gray; Zach Lalor, Nashville; and Jacob Witten, Columbus, N.C.
  This free public concert is sponsored by the Department of Music in ETSU's College of Arts and Sciences. For more information or for special assistance for those with disabilities, call (423) 439-4270.