This holiday season, the Dordt University Music Department will present four Christmas-themed concerts. Each of these concerts will be held in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public.
Bella Voce (women’s chorus), Canons of Dordt (men’s chorus), and the Concert Choir will perform in the Choral Ensembles Concert on Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The choirs will explore a wide range of repertoire for Christmas to commemorate and marvel at the great mystery and wondrous gift of the birth of Christ. Highlights include Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for choir and harp, Christmas spirituals, works by Kim André Arnesen, and a few humorous moments including “The Twelve Days After Christmas.”
The Dordt University Chorale will present “Noel! A Service of Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, December 8, at 8 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Come and worship with the Chorale as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ through song. Lessons from Scripture will alternate with performed anthems and congregational carol singing. The Chorale will be joined by English, theatre, and music faculty members, as well as an array of accompanying instruments: piano, organ, brass, strings, African drums, and harp.
“Christmas Jazz Night” will take place on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium and feature the 4th Avenue Singers (jazz choir) and the 4th Avenue Band (jazz band). The 4th Avenue Singers will be celebrating the birth of Christ in unique and intricate ways with a cappella renditions of “Silent Night” by Pentatonix, familiar carols such as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” approached from a jazz perspective, and songs performed in collaboration with the 4th Avenue Band.
On December 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Dordt University Instrumental Ensembles will present their final concert of the year. The Campus-Community Band and Wind Symphony will perform music by Maslanka, Grant, Persichetti, Thomas, and many more. The Chamber Orchestra will perform two numbers: “Troika” by Prokofiev arr. Paul Lavendar and “We Three Kings” by Matt Tiley. “We Three Kings” features soloist Jaren Brue on cello and several Wind Symphony members for a full orchestra experience.