Holiday concerts on campus usher in the season 

  Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:00 PM
  Arts & Entertainment, News

Pittsburg, KS

Bell ringers

Several concerts free and open to the public will usher in the holiday season at Pittsburg State University. 

"Music is always such an important part of the holiday season," said Susan Marchant, chair of the PSU Music Department. "It brings a special enhancement to everything that we experience at this time of year." 

"We are fortunate to have an abundance of holiday offerings available to both the campus and the community, and I hope that our audiences will enjoy attending them as much as we always enjoy preparing them." 

Ring in the Season 

The Bells of the Balkans will host the 8th Annual “Ring in the Season” concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University.   

The concert will feature the Belles of the Bells under the direction of Donna Lyerla, the PittPres ringers directed by Terry Cox, the St. John’s Lutheran Bell Choir directed by Phillis Scorse, Bell soloist Terry Cox, and the award-winning Bells of the Balkans led by Janis Saket.  Each group will perform several seasonal selections. 

The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. 

Holiday Extravaganza 

The Southeast Kansas Symphony of Pittsburg State University will perform its annual Holiday Extravaganza, a free musical gift to the community, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bicknell Center.  

Directed by music professor Raul Munguia, it will include holiday music by the Symphony and by the Bells of the Balkans.  

Following the concert, guests may enjoy cake and refreshments in the lobby to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Bicknell Center. 

Details: 620-235-4472 

Timmons Music Concert 

The Timmons Music Concert will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 6, at the historic Timmons Chapel, 409 E. Ford, just as it has been for more than 50 years. 

It will begin both nights at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude about 8:45 p.m. David Hurley, professor of music history and oboe at PSU, directs the concerts.  

From their inception, the free holiday concerts have been a showcase for Timmons Chapel, a Gothic-style, all-faiths chapel completed in 1966 as a gift to the university from longtime benefactor Beth Spiva Timmons.  

The concerts began in 1968 and for many years, Timmons personally provided the greens and supervised the simple holiday decorations. 

The music is performed by students, faculty and members of the community. Seating is limited in the small chapel. 

Details: 620-235-4479 

Holiday luncheon 

Music performed by the University Choir will be a highlight of the annual PSU Holiday Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Overman Student Center Ballroom.  

It is open to students, staff, faculty, retired personnel, as well as the community at a cost of $8 per person, but tickets must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 620-235-4995.