Gardner-Webb Musicians Preparing for Fall and Holiday Performances

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Faculty and Student Groups Joined by Guest Artists for Concerts

University ChoraleBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Students in the Gardner-Webb University Department of Music are practicing for their upcoming fall concerts. Events feature faculty and student groups, guest musicians, and a concert to benefit feeding programs in the community. An annual holiday favorite is the Festival of Lights, where community members are invited to participate in the lighting of the GWU Christmas Tree and other campus traditions.

The Department is planning to present:

  • Jazz Collective, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Dover Theatre. Directed by Wally West.
  • GWU Symphonic Band, Nov. 27, 8 p.m., Dover Theatre. Special guest will be cellist Bonnie Scruggs, 2014 alumna and band director at Crest High School in Shelby, N.C. Conductor is Mark Cole.
  • Festival of Lights, annual Christmas Celebration, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., begins in Dover Theatre. Includes performances by the GWU Concert Choir and University Chorale, lighting of the Christmas Tree, luminaries, caroling and holiday refreshments.
  • The GWU/Cleveland County Orchestra, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Dover Theatre. Conducted by Patricia Sparti with special guests from the Crest High School Advanced Orchestra and violin solos by distinguished artists, Mark O’Connor, four-time Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and three-time Grammy Award winner, and Maggie O’Connor, (co-sponsored by The Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Foundation) and additional solos by Calin Lupanu, Concertmaster, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and GWU violin professor, and Monica Boboc, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra violinist and GWU violin professor.
  • University ChoraleConcert for a Cause with the GWU University Chorale, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 320 Old Boiling Springs Road, Shelby, N.C. Morgan C. Soja conducts the Chorale. Others joining the program are the Treble Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble, directed by Jondra Harmon; and the Old Time Ensemble, directed by Bruce Moser. This is a fundraiser for the church’s “Empty Tummies Ministry.” Canned goods, toiletries, and monetary donations happily accepted.

For information about any event, call 704-406-4448.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4270 or email with your request.

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