“Christmas Fantasia,” Vanguard University’s annual festival of sacred and popular Christmas music, will be performed December 4 and 8 at two Orange County venues. The concert, presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank, will feature nearly 200 students from the University’s award-winning choirs and instrumental ensembles, and award two students with the prestigious Ralph Carmichael Scholarship Award—named in honor of the legendary Vanguard alum, and composer and arranger for Nat King Cole.
“Our annual Christmas Fantasia concerts have become the perfect opportunity to recognize outstanding students from within our academic and performance programs,” said Dr. James Melton, professor and chair of music at Vanguard University.
The Ralph Carmichael Scholarship Award was established in honor of the famous composer and arrangerwho studied music at Vanguard University – the first four-year college in Orange County. Carmichael graduated and went on to write arrangements for top performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Stan Kenton, while serving as musical director for I Love Lucy. The scholarship in Carmichael’s name was awarded to two recipients in 2014, both music and worship studies majors at Vanguard University.
“I was extremely overcome by the generosity of the anonymous donation and gift, which ended up being the exact amount I needed to pay off my upcoming spring semester school bill,” said Christine Correa, one of the students awarded last year, and the first in her family to attend college. Correa was also one of four students to receive the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Award last year.
Each year, students from Vanguard’s reputable department of music bring classic works to life, such as Handel’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Performances at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will featureVanguard’s Concert Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.
Christmas Fantasia 2015 schedule:
Friday, December 4, 2014, 8pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach
FOR TICKETS: www.vanguardtickets.com
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
FOR TICKETS: www.scfta.org