By: Tessa Hurley
The Family Holiday Concert has become an annual tradition for the Boise State Music Department and the Boise community. The traditional holiday music mixed with modern styles creates a fun holiday atmosphere that puts everyone in the holiday spirit.
This year’s concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morrison Center. It is one of the biggest and most involved concerts of the year with over six different performing ensembles including: the Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band and the Brass Choir.
“It’s a concert that everyone can enjoy, because we have all almost all the ensembles,” said junior music major Kadon Madsen. He plays the double bass in the Symphony Orchestra, and will be playing during the concert.
According to Professor Craig Purdy, director of the Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin, the show will contain a variety of musical genres, both traditional and with a modern twist, that are meant to showcase the talented students of the music department. He has also created a special arrangement of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” to feature various solo artists.
“It’s all about just making music and putting people in the holiday spirit,” Purdy said.
Emcee Cherie Buckner-Webb will be encouraging participation from the audience throughout the night, and will be performing a number with the Symphony Orchestra. Cherie served in the State House of Representative for Idaho and the Idaho Senate and is an important figure in the Boise community. Buster Bronco and the Spirit Squad will also be making an appearance in the lobby during intermission.A Variety of Talent to Celebrate the Holiday Season
After taking the audience through multiple genres and time periods, the Family Holiday Concert will conclude with a piece arranged by Randol Alan Bass titled “A Feast of Carols.” Sophomore education history, sociology major and University Singers vocalist Taylor Closson said he hopes this piece will reach the audience in a way that only music can.
“I think the point for a piece of music is to actually emote and give the story you’re trying to tell; something for the audience to grab onto that’s not just, ‘Oh! This is music.’ Well no, this is a story. This is something you can relate to, more than on just a base level,” Closson said..
Tickets, ticket prices and more information is available on the Morrison Center website, morrisoncenter.com.