As the Christmas season approaches, Fort Hays State University's choral groups prepare for the 25th annual Cathedral Concert at St. Fidelis Church in Victoria, scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Since mid-October, the performers have been practicing two to three times per week for 50 minutes for the event. Terry Crull, instructor of music and director of choral activities at FHSU, said it takes about two months to put the whole thing together.
Performers include the FHSU Women's Chorale, FHSU Concert Choir, Fort Hays Singers, Hays High School Chamber Singers, Hays Community Chorus, Dodge City High School Class Act Chorale, and Madrigal Singers.
Brad Dawson, associate professor of music at FHSU, Nathan Frye and Tom Measgher will perform in a baroque trumpet duet with organ accompaniment. Tenor Joseph Perniciaro (pronounced pear-nih-CHAIR-oh), instructor of music, will be accompanied on the organ by Dr. Tali Morgulis, assistant professor of music. The FHSU Brass Quintet and FHSU Flute Choir will also perform.
"We will perform a large assortment of Christmas music for choirs, choirs and instruments, instruments alone, solo and small ensemble groups, and Christmas carols sung by the entire audience and performers," said Crull.
As soon as this performance is over, Crull said, he will once again begin thinking about the next Cathedral Concert.