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Olivet Christmas concerts to brighten December days

Posted: Nov 15, 2012

The Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel will be the setting for the Department of Music’s two special music performances for the Christmas season.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7 p.m., Olivet’s 77th annual production of Handel’s “Messiah” expresses the life of Jesus Christ in music. Composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel in just 24 days, it is still one of the most popular works in Western choral literature. “Hallelujah” is undoubtedly its most well-known chorus.

This year’s performance features the Concert Singers, Chrysalis Women’s Choir, Testament Men’s Choir and Orpheus Choir. The University Orchestra and University String Ensemble, including the harpsichord and the Ruffatti pipe organ, provide musical entertainment. Dr. Jeff Bell and Dr. Neal Woodruff conduct the orchestra and choirs.

Student soloists are: Ashley Raffauf, soprano (Homewood, Ill.); Taylin Frame, alto (Centreville, Va.); Seth Lowery, tenor (Kankakee, Ill.); and David Rice, bass (Traverse City, Mich.).

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, 7 p.m., celebrate Christmas with Olivet’s presentation of “Sounds of the Season.” The program features holiday music performed by all vocal and instrumental ensembles and music professors. Combined University choirs, the Wind Symphony and Orchestra perform familiar Christmas selections. This concert is sure to brighten the coldest, busiest days of December. 

There is no charge to attend either event. A free-will offering will be received the night of each performance.


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