By Matthew Liedke
The holiday atmosphere will be in full effect at North Dakota State College of Science next week as the school's performing arts department will put on a concert filled with classic Christmas tunes.
Mike Rockne, director of the choir at NDSCS, explained that those who attend can expect a "nice variety of familiar Christmas carols both by the band and the choir. There will also be some new arrangements, too."
The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on campus. Free will offerings will be accepted to benefit the music department before and a reception will follow in the cultural center lobby.
Rockne said the music groups start practicing soon after the fall concert, which comes during the third week of October. He added that some songs change on a yearly basis, however, some traditional jingles are kept annually.
"Students have seemed to enjoy practicing the pieces quite a bit this year," Rockne said. "We are very fortunate to have good students to work with hear at the college. They work very hard."
The audience often enjoys the traditional carols, according to Rockne, and the students like learning the new musical literature being introduced.
"My favorite part of it all is the tradition. Just having the ambiance of the cultural center all decorated for Christmas and the excitement people have coming to the event," Rockne said. "We will have some warmer weather, too, so it should be a nice night to come out to the college."
Thursday's concert will be the last of the fall semester. In spring, the performing arts department will have a mass choir concert with Wahpeton and Breckenridge schools on Feb. 23, 2015 and a mass band concert on March 2.
Following those will be a spring concert for the band and choir on April 16, 2015 and a final concert for the Wildcat Singers and the Stage Band on April 27, 2015.
Department: Performing Arts
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