Following Ceremony of Carols, the men of the 9th Street Singers, under the
direction of Viterbo faculty member Diane Foust, will perform The First Noel. The entire 9th Street
Singers will follow with God Rest Ye
Merry Gentlemen and Let It Snow.
The second part of the
concert will be a performance of Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity. The work for mixed chorus, men’s choir,
soloists, dancers, wind orchestra, and piano is a rich and colorful portrayal of
the birth of Christ. There are three student soloists: the Angel who announces
the event, the shepherd who wishes to draw near to the Holy Child, and the
Mother Mary, who welcomes all to the creche.
“A Viterbo Christmas is
a very special collaboration by theatre faculty Chad Kolbe, Nicole Balsamo,
David Gardiner, art department chair Sherri Lisota, and music faculty members
Judy Stafslien and I joining together to create a unique celebration
of this sacred season,” said Jean Saladino, the director of A Viterbo Christmas.
Christmas will leave audiences
instilled with the true meaning of the holiday. This performance is sponsored
by Gundersen Lutheran and in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board,
with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Fox 25/48 is the media sponsor.
Tickets are available at the box office.