Department of Fine Arts Presents Annual Holiday Concert

Julianne Baird

Julianne Baird

The Rutgers University–Camden Department of Fine Arts will present its annual collaborative holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” which will feature four of the music program’s prominent ensembles, as well as soloists and several Rutgers–Camden faculty members performing seasonal selections.

The concert, which is free and open to the general public, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden Campus.

The Rutgers–Camden Madrigal Ensemble, under the direction of world-renowned soprano Julianne Baird, a distinguished professor of music at Rutgers University–Camden, will begin the concert with an atmospheric performance of medieval music in Old English and Latin, joined by guest instrumentalist Christa Patton on harp, Stefán Örn Arnarson, theater programs director and an instructor of music, on cello, and Mark Zaki, an associate professor of music, on violin.

Rutgers University Singers

Rutgers University Singers

The Rutgers–Camden Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Polack, a part-time lecturer of music, will then perform a series of instrumental selections, including Polack’s original arrangement of “O Tannenbaum” and a vocal version of “Over the Rainbow.”

Other performances will include the Rutgers Dixie Band, a double bass quartet playing a holiday hymn, and the string ensemble, performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso, the Christmas Concerto Op.6 No.8” with Rutgers–Camden student Madeline Gralish as a soloist.

The concert will then feature the Rutgers University Singers, under the direction of Julia Zavadsky, a part-time lecturer of music, performing seasonal favorites. Zavadsky and Baird will conclude the concert with a community sing-along. All participating lecturers and instructors are on the faculty at Rutgers University–Camden.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit finearts.camden.rutgers.edu or contact Jake Hufner at (856) 225-6176 or jhufner@camden.rutgers.edu.

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