Arts and Letters | November 30, 2018
The University of Notre Dame Children’s Choir will perform with award-winning jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., in support of his new album, “Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas at Notre Dame.”
The guest appearance is part of Sandoval’s “Swinging Christmas with the Sandoval Big Band” concert at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21.
The Notre Dame Children’s Choir is joined by Notre Dame students Emily Swope, a soprano and masters student in voice, and senior music major Alexander Mansour, a pianist and arranger of seven songs on Sandoval’s album. The ensemble is led by Mark Doerries, associate director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame.
Sandoval recorded “Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas at Notre Dame” in May 2017, returning to the University after receiving an honorary doctoral degree the previous year. The 12-track album includes religious classics such as “Silent Night” and secular songs such as “Frosty the Snowman.”
The album debuted in October and has spent the past six weeks in the top five albums on Billboard’s Chart of Jazz Albums. In addition to the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, the album features the Notre Dame Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Winds.
“This album unites a wide cross-section of the Notre Dame community, with undergraduate and graduate students, child choristers and professional musicians to create vibrant renditions of classic Christmas music,” Doerries said.
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