Totino-Grace

2020 Concerts

2020 TG Virtual Christmas Concert Series

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the instrumental music department cannot present in-person concerts. For 2020, the department decided to do a '12 days of Christmas' concert release, sending out one song per day for the next 12 days featuring various groups from the department. Not all pieces are Christmas songs, but showcase the various groups and the work that they have been doing throughout the first semester.

Since the instrumental department was not able to present their annual concert at St. Olaf this year -- where the proceeds assist in the church's efforts to provide shelter and warm clothing to those in need -- Totino-Grace is collecting various items before Christmas break week and will delivered them to St. Olaf before Christmas. Needed items include: winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots; sweatshirts and warm socks; fast food gift cards, toiletries and feminine hygiene products, and cash donations.

Thank you for your generosity and enjoy the first selection! 

Day 1: In Yonder Valley

The first release is 'In Yonder Valley', the first movement of a larger work entitled 'Simple Gifts'. This features the full Symphonic Ensemble, and was recorded in Totino-Grace's new and developing recording studio. 

Day 2: Dance

The second release is 'Dance', the second movement of the larger work entitled 'Simple Gifts'. The piece is an up-tempo work designed to give the feeling of movement and excitement. The selection was recorded in Totino-Grace's new and developing recording studio and features the full Symphonic Ensemble.

Day 3: Here Take This Lovely Flower

The third release is 'Here Take This Lovely Flower', the third movement of the larger work entitled 'Simple Gifts'. This is in the style of a lullaby, embodying the idea of childlike simplicity. The selection was recorded in Totino-Grace's new and developing recording studio and features the full Symphonic Ensemble.

Day 4: Simple Gifts

Day 4 of the virtual concert features 'Simple Gifts', the fourth and final movement of Frank Ticheli's larger work by the same name. The piece serves as a wonderful conclusion to the larger work. This very recognizable tune was recorded in Totino-Grace's new and developing recording studio and features the full Symphonic Ensemble.

Day 5: Starlight

We switch gears for our day 5 of the virtual concert series to one of our chamber ensembles, Chamber Orchestra. 'Starlight' is a piece originally written and recorded by the English rock band 'Muse', and according to the band is "about missing someone -- friends, family, someone you love." As we celebrate Christmas this year physically apart from many of our loved ones, maybe this will help keep them in our hearts and prayers this holiday season

Day 6: A Flat

For Day 6, we stay with our Chamber Orchestra for one more piece -- and just to have a little fun. 'A-Flat', originally recorded by the string duo 'Black Violin', merges hip-hop music with classical training. Sit back and enjoy or get up and dance; whatever moves you!

Day 7: Land of Lydia

For Day 7, we will move momentarily to our jazz department. Both Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II have been hard at work this semester, and we were able to get one recording in of Jazz Ensemble I. 'Land of Lydia' is a mid-tempo swing piece with many interesting harmonies and straight ahead swing rhythms. Improvised soloing is also a key component of jazz, and this piece features Tom Tang on alto sax and Nick Doboszenski on trumpet.

Day 8: Let There Be Peace On Earth

We will continue with one of our chamber groups for Day 8 of the virtual instrumental music concert. 'Let There Be Peace On Earth', performed by the Brass Choir, is a song that carries such an important message - 'Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.'

Day 9: Jazz Holidays

Continuing on Day 9 with a chamber ensemble, 'Jazzy Holidays' is performed by our Woodwind Choir. Featuring 'Deck the Halls', 'The Holly and the Ivy' and 'Jingle Bells', this medley is a fun and unique setting of these traditional Christmas carols.

Day 10: Let It Snow

The second release is 'Dance', the second movement of the larger work entitled 'Simple Gifts'. The piece is an up-tempo work designed to give the feeling of movement and excitement. The selection was recorded in Totino-Grace's new and developing recording studio and features the full Symphonic Ensemble.

Day 11: Snow Day Celebration

For the last two days, we will return to the full Symphonic Ensemble. On Day 11, we bring you 'Snow Day Celebration'. The piece strives to depict the joy and excitement of a child on a snow day. As of recording this, it was looking as if this would go out without any snow on the ground, but fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your view of snow) by the time you hear this, there will be a white Christmas!!

Day 12: A Christmas Festival

For the final day of the TG Instrumental Music Department 12 Days of Christmas virtual concert, the Symphonic Ensemble presents 'A Christmas Festival', featuring a collection of well known Christmas carols. It has been a pleasure to present these pieces over the course of the last 12 days, showcasing all of the hard work that the students have been doing. From all of us to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy the final selection of our virtual concert - 'A Christmas Festival'.