Swedish composer headlines holiday concert

November 16, 2012

RIO GRANDE, Oh. – The Masterworks Chorale and Symphonic Band will unite for a special holiday concert at the University of Rio Grande on Sunday, Nov. 18.

The special event also features a performance of “Christmas Cantata” by Swedish composer Nils Lindberg. The cantata fuses big band jazz and choral music into a memorable piece that area fans won’t soon forget.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center and includes a wide range of holiday songs, including Christmas favorites where audience members are invited to sing along.

“It’s an interesting combination,” Masterworks Chorale Director and Rio Grande professor Sarin Williams said. “The holiday concert promises to be a special performance.”

The cantata is divided into four parts with several solos and small group performances. Soprano Aryn Gritter and baritone Andy Knipp will provide vocal solos during the piece, while James Sundquist will perform a piano solo.

Gritter and Knipp have been working with Rio Grande professor Valerie Tanner to prepare for the show.

The Masterworks Chorale consists of about 30 members and is comprised of Rio Grande students, faculty and staff, as well as community members.

The Symphonic Band, led by Director Gary Stewart, is similar in size and composition at the chorale. The band, however, draws members from the throughout the region, including Point Pleasant, W.V.

For more information regarding the holiday concert and the University of Rio Grande / Rio Grande Community College visit or call 800-282-7201.

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