Free holiday concerts gift from Purdue Bands
Free holiday concerts from Purdue Bands offer opportunities to celebrate the season in a variety of musical styles – from jazz and Broadway to the boldness of wind bands and the lush sound of string orchestra.
The 8 p.m. Friday concert in Loeb Playhouse, Purdue Stewart Center, features jazzy arrangements of favorite holiday tunes like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Here We Come a Wassailing,” big band swing versions of “Jingle Bells” and “O Christmas Tree,” and straight-ahead classics like “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Song” performed with singers. The Rockettes, dressed in fur trimmed red velvet costumes, will dance to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Greater Lafayette’s Tuba Christmas, a unique musical event where tubas play Christmas carols, precedes the concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the lobby of the Stewart Center outside Loeb Playhouse. It is one of hundreds of Tuba Christmas events held in cities throughout the United States in December.
The weekend concludes with “Classical Holidays” featuring the Purdue Symphony Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette. The program offers the opportunity to hear a 107-member orchestra with 60 strings perform “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and Franz Shubert’s “Ave Maria” with cello and harp solos. The orchestra will also perform four movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.
No tickets are needed for any of the events; admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time. For more information call 496-6785. All concerts are sponsored by Purdue University Bands with assistance for Tuba Christmas from Brent’s Bench.