Butler’s school of music presents holiday show, Rejoice!

Rejoice! is an annual holiday tradition at Butler. Photo courtesy of Butler Arts Center.

KIRAN BRAR | STAFF REPORTER | kbrar@butler.edu

Rejoice! is a holiday show presented by Jordan College of the Arts. Every year, the Butler University Wind Ensemble and the Butler Symphony Orchestra alternate in performing in the show. This year, the show will include the Butler Chorale, University Choir, Butler University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers. 

Senior music major Rowan Squire-Willey will be singing with the choirs and reading one of the poems in the show.

“I think listening for the more intimate quiet moments of acapella or even softness within the wind ensemble are really special,” Squire-Willey said.

Associate Director of Choral Activities and an Associate Professor of Music John Perkins, conductor of the University Choir, will be one of three conductors in Rejoice!

“When we come together everyone is on the same page, people want to help each other, and there’s this real intentional sense of community,” Perkins said. “That comes out in the sound.”

Perkins said the holiday show has been a tradition for around 35 years, so new aspects have been added over time. The audience will be able to sing along with some holiday music to enforce the theme of welcome and celebration.

The show is known for intertwining the voices and music together to create this production.

“I’d say that the whole program is really varied,” Perkins said. “I think the whole flow of it is really beautiful. The sounds of the voices in the choirs, orchestra and ensembles together is just wonderful.”Rejoice! will run from Dec. 13-14 in Clowes Memorial Hall. This event will also count as a Butler Cultural Requirement for students. Tickets can be purchased online.

 

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