Holiday Spirit of Aggieland Concert
The Holiday Spirit of Aggieland Concert is the Choral Activities' annual holiday concert. The Century Singers, Singing Cadets, and Women's Chorus each perform several holiday pieces, ranging from upbeat, complex renditions of famous carols to solemn spiritual pieces that bring holiday spirit to all who attend, both young and old. In addition, each of the choirs combine to sing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus for a grand finale.
Each year, poinsettia plants are sold prior to the concert for use as stage decoration. Following the concert, the flowers are distributed to the patrons who donated them to the choirs. If you are interested in purchasing a poinsettia for the next Holiday Spirit of Aggieland Concert, contact the Choral Activities Office!
Showcase is a variety show/dessert theatre organized entirely by the Century Singers. Members of Century Singers put on thrilling performances, encompassing varieties of music, dancing, and acting. Century Singers also performs selected arrangements of popular songs with featured soloists and closes the show with "Old Irish Blessing." A variety of flavors of cheesecake are offered along with water, coffee, tea and other drinks as guests sit at beautifully decorated tables and relax while members of the Century Singers serve them.
Every year the Century Singers take a tour of Texas and perform in different cities around the state. The purpose of the spring tour is to showcase Texas A&M's premiere mixed choral group as well as recruit high school students interested in performing choral music in college. Tour is an excellent opportunity for former Century Singers and parents to hear the choir perform in locations other than College Station. The location each year is different than the last and selected by the performance manager and director of the choir. Admission is free to each concert.
Tradtionally, every year on April 21st Aggies gather in Reed Arena to remember Aggies who have passed within the year. Muster, which is held worldwide in many cities, is often celebrated in different and unique ways. The Century Singers, Women's Chorus, and Singing Cadets have the honor of opening the ceremony with music to honor those who are gone at this "Roll Call for the Absent." For this gathering, all of the choirs collaborate to perform Amazing Grace, while each choir also performes other solo pieces.
Every three years, Century Singers travels out of the country. The most recent international tour, taken in May 2014, brought the Century Singers to Germany. Concert tours outside of the state have taken us to St. Louis, New York's Carnegie Hall, Italy, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, England, Spain, Canada, Greece, and France. We look forward to traveling abroad again in May 2017!