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Las Vegas Master Singers Celebrate 25th Anniversary Dec. 15

Songs of winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah will be performed by the 90-voice choir and soloists.
Arts and Culture  |  Dec 14, 2017  |  By Jennifer Vaughan
Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702/895-1575

 

​The Las Vegas Master Singers celebrate the holiday season and their 25th anniversary of bringing music to the community as they present “Rejoice!” on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 1798 Wigwam Parkway in Henderson. Songs of winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah will be performed by the 90-voice choir and soloists, with collaborative pianists Jae Ahn-Benton and Barbara Buer. This performance is part of the “Live at GVPC” Concert Series. The program is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

The concert features beloved holiday carols and hymns, including “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree,” “The First Noel,” and “Candlelight Carol.” A rousing spiritual, “Behold the Star” by William L. Dawson, rounds out the program. In honor of the choir’s 25th anniversary and rich musical tradition, past conductors Susan Johnson and Jocelyn Jensen return to the podium, and each will conduct a special selection.

The Harmony Handbells conducted by Bradley Hendricks perform as guest artists. Founded in 2000, Harmony Handbells is a community ensemble with talented members who are devoted to ringing with excellence. They perform in concert halls, churches, and music festivals throughout Southern Nevada and beyond.

The Las Vegas Master Singers are recognized as one of the premiere community choral organizations in Southern Nevada. Sponsored by the UNLV School of Music, the Master Singers present several concerts each year, and serve as the chorus-in-residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The choir is conducted by David B. Weiller, director of choral studies at UNLV.

Founded in 1993 by Susan L. Johnson and led to further levels of excellence by Jocelyn K. Jensen from 2002-15, the chorus of experienced musicians comes from many walks of life to raise voices in song. Most members have grown up singing in their high school, university, and church choirs, and they bring their united passion for beautiful singing to every performance. Many hold music degrees and have worked professionally. Moreover, many members are UNLV choral alumni and/or music specialists and choral conductors in the Clark County School District and private schools.

For further information, contact the UNLV office of choral studies, 702-895-3008.