(Story by Megan Maricle-Roberts ’14)
The Gustavus Department of Music invites the public to celebrate the twenty-second annual Winds of Christmas concert with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Vasa Wind Orchestra. The concert, directed by Doug Nimmo and Karrin Meffert-Nelson, will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Admission to the concert is free.
The Winds of Christmas concert began as a casual union of the two wind ensembles in 1990; it has since grown to be a beloved Gustavus tradition. Every year, the two wind orchestras play three Christmas songs during Christ Chapel’s morning worship on the Tuesday following Christmas in Christ Chapel. Together, the two ensembles combine to include more than 150 Gustavus student musicians.
The program this year will open with Leroy Anderson’s work A Christmas Festival, followed by On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger. The celebration will conclude with the traditional song from John Hagan, I’ll be Home for Christmas.
The Gustavus community is delighted to present the Winds of Christmas concert on December 4 at 10:00 a.m. The concert is free and open to the public.