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Music keeps the holidays in tune


DENTON — From “Away in a Manger” to “White Christmas,” the sounds of the holiday greet shoppers searching for gifts, or those seeking out a station on the radio. The familiar tunes evoke a warm feeling of a traditional holiday.

Then there’s “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

It remains to be seen whether that novelty song will stand the test of time. When it comes to holiday music, a Texas Woman’s University professor says what makes a song stand out is just a matter of personal preference.

“It’s about what people associate with the holiday and how they celebrate it,” said Dr. Joni Jensen, assistant professor of music and coordinator of choral activities at TWU. “If we hear songs from our childhood, it brings back those happy holiday feelings.”

Dr. Jensen said that holiday songs remain popular in part because of memorable melodies. Traditional carols still resonate, including “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night,” which she said is beautiful in its “absolute simplicity — simple music, simple message.”

Popular songs of the secular variety also celebrate the season, Dr. Jensen said, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “White Christmas” and “Blue Christmas.”

Dr. Jensen, now in her fourth year at TWU, takes all musical tastes into consideration as she helps coordinate the university’s annual Holiday Concert.

The collaborative concert features TWU’s Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Flute Choir.

“We choose a variety of tempos, keys, music elements, classical pieces and pieces that people don’t know,” Dr. Jensen said.

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” was not among the songs selected for this year’s concert.


NOTE TO EDITORS: The annual TWU Holiday Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call (940) 898-2500.



Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu


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