‘Sounds of the Season’ concert Thursday at Troy University

A scene from the 2013

A scene from the 2013 "Sounds of the Season" concert at the Troy Campus. This year’s concert will be held on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music presents “Sounds of the Season,” an annual concert that heralds the holiday season.

The concert is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, and is free and open to the public. A ceremony to light the campus Christmas Tree by the Student Government Association immediately follows the concert on the theater’s plaza.

The production, entitled “Illuminations,” will feature performances by the Symphony Band, Collegiate Singers, Troy Theatre Ensemble, Concert Chorale, frequency, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, POPulus, an Irish Duo, and faculty soloists, said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and director of the School of Music.

The holiday celebration also serves as the opening of the 2016 Middle School Southeastern United States Honor Bands and Clinic, which will bring nearly 500 middle school students together in three honor bands. The middle school students will then perform a concert of their own on Saturday morning in Sartain Hall.

Serving as guest composer-in-residence for MSSEUS is Larry Clark, vice president and editor-in-chief at Carl Fischer Music.

A Clearwater, Fla., native, Fischer’s music is some of the most popular and most performed by concert bands and string orchestras of all ability levels. His music is characterized by rhythmic verve, tuneful melodies, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers. He prides himself on producing music that is not only intriguing to performers and audiences alike but that contains a playability that comes from a keen understanding of the technical difficulties inherent in all instruments. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 300 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.