School of Music Announces ‘The Holidays at Mason: Believe in Miracles’

Posted: November 22, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

The School of Music announces its highly anticipated holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The School of Music’s instrumental and vocal ensembles present a program titled “The Holidays at Mason: Believe in Miracles,” which includes seasonal favorites, classical music, traditional carols, Hanukkah songs, jazzy renditions of popular Christmas music and the ever-popular audience sing-a-long.

The ensembles that will perform in this year’s concert are the Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Layendecker, Heritage Chair of Music and the director of the School of Music and the university orchestras; the University Chorale under Lisa Billingham, co-director of music education (choral); and the University Singers under Stanley Engebretson, director of choral studies.

The concert features

  • Selections composed by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard for the 2004 feature film, “Polar Express.”
  • Selected movements of John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music.”
  • Bill Holcombe’s arrangement of “Festive Sounds of Hanukkah.”
  • “A Most Wonderful Christmas” audience-sing-along by Robert Sheldon.
  • Mike Davis’ “An American Christmas,” a work that celebrates 400 years of diverse American holiday traditions.
  • Holiday poetry readings by student actors in Mason’s Department of Theater.

The George Mason University Holiday Concert is sponsored by Phaup Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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