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DePauw School of Music Issues CD of Holiday Favorites

December 10, 2014

At the DePauw University School of Music’s fourth annual Holiday Gala last weekend, Dean Mark McCoy announced the release of a new Holiday Favorites compact disc, 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, which was available for purchase for the first time at the gala, is now also available for purchase online.

Featured on the disc are the DePauw University band, choirs, orchestra, percussion ensemble and University organist Carla Edwards. 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 ’15 and Lucas Wassmer ’14 (pictured below).

The complete playlist for Holiday Favorites consists of:

“Somewhere in My Memory”—John Williams [DePauw Choirs & Orchestra] 

A Christmas Fanfare—James A. Beckel, Jr. [DePauw Band]

“O Magnum Mysterium”—Morten Lauridsen [DePauw Choirs]

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”—Traditional [Orchestra, Choirs & Audience]

Excerpts from the ballet The Nutcracker—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [DePauw Orchestra]

“Good King Wenceslas”—Traditional [DePauw Percussion Ensemble]

March of the Toys—Victor Herbert [DePauw Band]

Rudolph...?—Schwandt/Eidsvoog/Edwards [Carla Edwards, organ]

“Deck the Halls”—Traditional [Orchestra, Choirs & Audience]

“O Tannenbaum”—Traditional [DePauw Orchestra]

“Let It Snow”—Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn/arr. Ristow [Jennings, Leppek and Wassmer, tenors]

Sleigh Ride—Leroy Anderson [DePauw Band]

“Jingle Bells”—James Pierpoint [DePauw Chamber Singers]

“Silent Night”—Traditional [Orchestra, Choirs & Audience]

Russian Christmas Music—Alfred Reed [DePauw Choirs & Band]

“Here Comes Santa Claus”—Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman [Orchestra, Choirs & Audience]

“White Christmas”—Irving Berlin [DePauw Chamber Singers]

Concert Suite from The Polar Express—Alan Silvestri [DePauw Orchestra]

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”—Traditional [Orchestra, Choirs & Audience]

Holiday Wreath 010Holiday 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's main office, located within DePauw University’s Green Center for the Performing Arts (605 S. College Avenue).

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