HPU To Feature Choral Ensembles, NC Symphony For Holiday Performances

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 8, 2010 – High Point University will offer a gift to the community in December, thanks to special holiday performances by HPU vocal ensembles and the North Carolina Symphony. The warm holiday sounds will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, respectively. Both events will be held in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

The first performance – the HPU Holiday Choral Concert – is an annual event that will include a festive evening of holiday music. Directed by Dr. Marc Foster, chair of the Department of Music, the first half of the concert will feature popular holiday songs sung by each of the three choral ensembles. The second half of the concert will present Part I of Handel’s “Messiah,” and will feature all three choirs, as well as student soloists for the arias.

The second performance ? the North Carolina Symphony ? will feature an array of uplifting tunes. The North Carolina Symphony was organized in 1932 under the direction of Pulitzer traveling fellowship recipient and composer Lamar Stringfield. Under the 34-year leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Swalin, the Symphony developed its grassroots emphasis on taking the orchestra to the people of North Carolina. That tradition has continued every year since the 1943 “Horn Tootin’ Bill” was passed by the State Legislature. Now celebrating 78 years, the North Carolina Symphony is a full-time, professional orchestra with 68 members under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer such a celebration of music during the upcoming holiday season,” says Chris Dudley, vice president for Administration at HPU. “We truly hope the community takes full advantage of this opportunity and visits HPU to see these talented groups perform.”

Complimentary tickets (limit two) are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis by contacting 336-841-4587 or jpayne@highpoint.edu.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu. 

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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