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Light Out of Darkness: A VMC Solstice Concert

Sunday Dec 3 7:30pm

The Buddy Holly Hall – Crickets Theater

Singers, pipers, dancers, storytellers, and more gather to perform traditional repertoires of the season, in a magical, immersive, costumed, participatory festival!

Special guests include the Caprock English Bagpipe Consort; Coyote Morris dancers; Taos-based singers Chipper Thompson and Kim Treiber Thompson; Roger Landes and Robin Harrell; conductor Lanfranco Marcelletti; reciters Ron Milam and Rob DeVet; readers Angela Mariani, Clint Barrick, and Bill Gelber; singer/guitarist Jerry Serrano; dancer and director Kris Olson; and, as house band, the Elegant Savages Orchestra.




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·         Dr Christopher J Smith (; 806-438-5067)

·         Dr Roger Landes (



The producers wish to express their continuing and particular appreciation to the participating ensembles and individuals; to Director Andrew Stetson of the TTU School of Music and Dean Martin Camacho of the JT and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts; to Chipper Thompson for the Mari Lwyd; to Corey Green for the Green Man, Coyote, and the Windy Man; to Karina Dolzal and Clark Preston and the faculty, students, and staff of the TTU School of Music; and to Clint Barrick and the staff of KTTZ FM.


VMC Staff

Founding Director: Dr Christopher J Smith

Associate Director: Dr Roger Landes

Executive committee: Angela Mariani, Bill Gelber, Kyla Olson

Administrative coordinator: Heather Beltz


Notice Regarding Electronics

Please refrain from use of flash photography during this concert. Such use is an infringement of TTU copyright policy and represents a safety hazard for performers. Thank you for your consideration.


The Vernacular Music Center at the TTU School of Music

The mission of the Vernacular Music Center is to provide a center for in-depth and comparative research, study, teaching and advocacy on behalf of the world's vernacular musics and dance—their construction, history and role in defining cultural life in human communities—in all cultures and historical periods. The VMC is dedicated to the study of the process by which music is taught and passed on within a community, as well as assisting in the ongoing cultivation of arts on the South Plains. The VMC is recognized as an official Research Center with funding from the Provost’s Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research at TTU.


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Chris Smith


School of Music

Event Information
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Date: 12/3/2023

Crickets Theatre at Buddy Holly Hall