'A Choral Christmas' comes to Kalamazoo

Contact: Deanne Puca
Performers sing at the Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church as the congregation looks on.

Nearly 200 students and community members will be involved in "A Choral Christmas" performances.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Six of Western Michigan University's choirs will present a variety of cherished holiday classics in the beloved annual concert, "A Choral Christmas," at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St., in downtown Kalamazoo.

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The concert will include performances by the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers and Holiday Grand Chorus, directed by Kimberly Dunn Adams; Cantus Femina, directed by Dee Gauthier; and Gold Company, directed by Greg Jasperse. Member of Campus Choir, directed by Victoria Jackson and Austin McWilliams, will join the Holiday Grand Chorus for the closing numbers. University organist Karl Schrock is also featured.

The concert will celebrate the love and joy of the season with familiar congregational carols, Gregorian chants, and surround-sound staging that utilizes every aspect of the beautiful First Presbyterian Church's architecture. Additional musical selections represent a variety of musical styles.

"A Choral Christmas" is a decades-long tradition at WMU. Almost 200 students and community members will be involved in the performances. This concert features more of the School of Music's internationally-recognized choral ensembles together on stage than any other holiday event.


Tickets for "A Choral Christmas" at First Presbyterian Church are on sale now and are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at millerauditorium.com, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, or in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. They will also be available at the door the day of the event.

Doors open 25 minutes prior to each performance. First Presbyterian is wheelchair accessible.

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