Troy’s ‘Sounds of the Season’ a traditional holiday celebration

Published 7:48 pm Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts presented its annual Sounds of the Season holiday celebration Tuesday night at the Claudia Crosby Theater. This year’s show, titled “Christmas Traditions,” featured special guest artist Bobby Horton with students and faculty from the John M. Long School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Horton joined several vocalists and shared the history of many of the familiar carols of Christmas. He also led a sing-along near the close of the program.

Horton expressed his delight at being invited to be a part of Troy University’s holiday celebration. He and Dr. Larry Blocher, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Art, had been working together, via email and other long distance means, to coordinate his role in the show. Horton said he was already impressed with the Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts. But even more so after being so wonderfully entertained.

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“Where do I begin? I am so impressed with the faculty, their credentials and the positive way they work with and nurture the kids, from Dr. Blocher on down,” Horton said. “The kids were so impressive on every level. They were, first and foremost, really nice people. During the dress rehearsal, they worked hard, efficiently and with good spirit. I was impressed with their work ethic. The interaction between the faculty and the students was inspirational.”

Horton said the talent level of all students was evident.

“The program seemed to fly by. The show was solid because each performer nailed it!” he said. “I had a really good time Tuesday night and it’s their fault, both the faculty and the students.”

The program featured the Musical Theater, Jazz Combo, Concert Chorale, Wind Ensemble, POPulus and the Sound of the South Snare Line.

“Sing We Now of Christmas” was danced by Adrienne Hicks with the Wind Ensemble and choreographed by Hannah Echols.

“Good King Wenceslas” featured Hui-Ting Yang on piano and the Concert Chorale.

Thaddaeus Bourne, baritone, was featured on “I Wonder as I Wonder” with Hui-Ting Yang on piano.

Sarah Wee, soprano, was featured with the Wind Ensemble on “Breath of Heaven.”

Quinton Cockrell’s reading of “The Season of …” by Jermaine Ban Buren, Jr. received extended applause as did “Christmas in Dixie” by POPulus.

The program ended with “Let There Be Peace on Earth” featuring the full cast and the Ballet Ensemble and choreographed by Dominique Angel.