ECU hosts art sales, concerts to celebrate season

East Carolina University will usher in the holiday season in the coming weeks with planned art sales and concerts.

Beginning Nov. 30, the School of Art and Design will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale at the Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., Greenville.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. A special member preview for Friends of the School of Art and Design and Friends of the Greenville Museum of Art will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Hand-blown glass ornaments have been made by ECU glassblowing instructor Mike Tracy for the Dec. 9 holiday sale. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Hand-blown glass ornaments have been made by ECU glassblowing instructor Mike Tracy for the Dec. 9 holiday sale. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The annual holiday sale features a diverse range of art pieces created by ECU students from all areas of study including ceramics, drawing, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and more.

Proceeds from the sale benefit ECU students and student guilds. For more information, contact Angela Franks Wells at wellsa@ecu.edu or 252-737-4639.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the School of Music will present a free outdoor performance of TubaChristmas from noon until 1 p.m. in front of the A. J. Fletcher Music Building.

ECU instructor Mike Tracy makes one of 500 ornaments planned for the School of Art and Design’s Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale.

ECU instructor Mike Tracy makes one of 500 ornaments planned for the School of Art and Design’s Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale.

ECU professors Stephen Ivany and Jarrod Williams, ECU students and community musicians will perform traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for a large ensemble of tubas, baritones, euphoniums and sousaphones.

Local musicians who play baritone, euphonium, tuba or sousaphone are invited to participate with a $10 fee to benefit the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Musician registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Merry TubaChristmas concerts will be presented in more than 275 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries this year. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to all the great teachers who represent their heritage and lead audiences in holiday sing-a-longs. The warm, rich, organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of worldwide audiences.

If there is rain, heavy snow or temperatures below 34 degrees, the performance will be moved inside the A. J. Fletcher Music Building. For more information, call 252-328-1693.

That same weekend, the School of Music will hold its annual Holiday Band Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday favorites will be performed by the ECU Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of director Scott Carter, culminating with their signature rendition of “Sleigh Ride.”

 

A hand-blown glass ornament takes shape in the GlasStation in Farmville.

A hand-blown glass ornament takes shape in the GlasStation in Farmville.

The program will feature a tribute to military service members and their families performed by ECU faculty members and veterans Douglas Monroe, clarinet, formerly of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and Jarrod Williams, tuba, formerly of the U.S. Naval Academy Band.

Santa is expected to make an appearance. For more information, call 252-328-6851 or email Scott Carter at carterr@ecu.edu.

And on Dec. 9, the School of Art and Design will host a Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the GlasStation, 3732-B W. Wilson St., Farmville.

The public sale features hundreds of hand-blown glass holiday ornaments in many different styles and colors, as well as an assortment of other glasswork that has been made at the GlasStation throughout the year.

There also will be glassblowing demonstrations during the sale. For more information, contact instructor Mike Tracy at tracym16@ecu.edu or 757-748-8121.

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services and Harley Dartt, University Communications