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PSU to host holiday music events

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Musical offerings planned at Pittsburg State University in coming weeks will help ring in the holiday season. In the case of one event, tickets must be purchased by Nov. 28.    

Symphony Holiday Extravaganza  

What does Christmas mean to you and what do you think it means to people around the world? That's the question the SEK Symphony will try to answer at this year's Holiday Extravaganza Concert planned for 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer. 

The symphony will partner with faculty, community members, and students to bring the excitement of the holiday season to the Bicknell Center.  

“Christmas Around the World” will showcase student conductors Thomas Smith, Jonathan De Soto, and Astrid Jerez, as well as baritone Patrick Howle, dance ensembles such as the PSU Dance Studio, Pasión Peruana, SEK Danza Folklórica, and more. The concert is free.  

Winter Holidays Musical Luncheon  

The ever-popular holiday luncheon returns to campus on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the 60-minute program will begin at 11:45. 

Patrons will be treated to a holiday buffet while the choirs perform seasonal music throughout the ballroom. 

This event supports the touring program of the PSU choral ensembles, and the ticket price of $19 includes a donation to that activity.  

Ticket orders are being accepted now. Sales will close on Nov. 28, or earlier if reservations reach capacity for the event. Order forms are available in the Music Department office in McCray Hall, or may be requested via email at smarchant@pittstate.edu. As always, entire tables may be reserved for groups of 6 to 8. Questions may be directed to Music Chair Susan Marchant at 620-235-4467.  

Timmons Chapel Concert  

The Timmons Music Concert will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 9, at the historic Timmons Chapel, 409 E. Ford, just as it has been for more than 50 years. It will begin both nights at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude about 8:45 p.m.  

From their inception, the free holiday concerts have been a showcase for Timmons Chapel, a Gothic-style, all-faiths chapel completed in 1966 as a gift to the university from longtime benefactor Beth Spiva Timmons. 

The concerts began in 1968 and for many years, Timmons personally provided the greens and supervised the simple holiday decorations.   

The music is performed by students, faculty, and members of the community. Seating is limited in the small chapel. 

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