Cedarville University to Host Community Christmas Celebration

by Kara Steinman

Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University will host a community Christmas musical festival Dec. 4. The celebration will include performances by the University’s choral and instrumental groups, many of the University music faculty, and a special performance by the Carillon Brass. Special guest conductor for the evening will be Carmon DeLeone, music director of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Ballet. The Carillon Brass has been entertaining audiences of all ages for more than 20 years and has appeared in concert throughout the United States and around the world. In addition, their unique sound has been heard nationwide through recordings, including “Those Things Strange and Wonderful,” and the seasonal favorite, “A Carillon Christmas.” Members of the Carillon Brass, all members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, include Tim Anderson, principal trombone; Richard Chenoweth, principal horn and professor of horn at the University of Dayton; Charles Pagnard, principal trumpet and professor of trumpet at Cedarville University; Alan Siebert, second trumpet and professor of trumpet at the University of Cincinnati; and John Tabeling, tuba. Maestro DeLeone is a widely respected musician who has conducted frequently in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and has composed a variety of original scores for dance, including Ruth Page’s “Billy Sunday,” which was nationally televised in 1983. Since 1991, he has been the host of the popular weekly radio program “Sunday Morning Music Hall” broadcast on WRRM-FM in Cincinnati. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center. Admission is free and open to the public, however, tickets must be reserved. Community members are encouraged to reserve tickets by calling the University campus activities office at 766-4477.