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School of Music presents popular holiday concert

Nov. 19, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's School of Music presents its annual Christmas concert, featuring more than 200 student musicians, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Miller Auditorium.

Popular with audiences of all ages, the holiday extravaganza has become a seasonal tradition for many Kalamazoo-area families. This year's program, "Messiah and More," will feature the University Chorale, Cantus Femina, Collegiate Singers and University Symphony Orchestra--more than 200 singers and instrumentalists in total.

The heart-warming holiday show will feature excerpts from Handel's classic oratorio "Messiah." Other orchestra and chorus selections will include the popular "Many Moods of Christmas" medley by Robert Russell-Bennett, the chorus "Ring out ye Christmas" from Ralph Vaughn Williams' cantata "Hodie," John Rutter's arrangement of "O Holy Night," and the David Wilcox arrangement of "O Come All ye Faithful."

The University Symphony Orchestra will add to the list of seasonal fare with selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival," and the popular whip-cracking and trumpet-braying "Sleigh Ride." The audience will be invited to join in the holiday spirit, singing some of the most well-known Christmas classics.


All seating for the School of Music's "Messiah and More" concert is general admission. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll free at (800) 228-9858. They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door the day of the show. All proceeds will support WMU School of Music student scholarships.

For more information, contact the School of Music at (269) 387-4667.

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Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4681, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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