Christian College in Oregon Presents annual Christmas Concert

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More than 130 student musicians will participate in George Fox University event Dec. 10-12

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear!

George Fox University’s annual Christmas concert, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear!,” returns to campus Friday through Sunday, Dec. 10-12. All performances will be held in Bauman Auditorium on the university’s Newberg campus.

The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Preconcert music will be offered half an hour before each performance. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the university’s Christmas concert site or at music.georgefox.edu.

Featured groups include the university’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Handbell Ringers, Symphonic Band, Strings, Chamber Singers, Brass Quintet, Early Music Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Horn Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble. Loren Wenz, associate professor of music, will direct the choral portion of the concert, and Pat Vandehey, assistant professor of music, will direct the instrumental portion.

More than 130 student musicians will tell the Christmas story through well-loved carols and traditional compositions. Complementary staging, complete with authentic environmental elements, Scripture reading and narration, will be featured. The concert will also be interspersed with opportunities for the audience to join in singing familiar Christmas carols.

Among the selections presented will be “O Holy Night,” arranged by Mack Wilberg; “Hodie! (This Day),” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Hallelujah Chorus,” by Handel; “O God Beyond all Praising,” by Daniel Forrest; and “Joy to the World,” arranged by Wilberg.

The event is the largest production of the year put on by the university’s performing arts department, which offers a music major and a music education major.

For more information on concert specifics, contact Debbie Hawblitzel at 503-554-2620.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Contact:
Debbie Hawblitzel
Department of Performing Arts
503-554-2620

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