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School of Music spreads holiday cheer with two seasonal concerts


The FIU School of Music presents two holiday concerts, Dec. 1 and Dec. 7, at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The first is a collaboration between the different voice ensembles in a production titled, Choral Arts Series: A Holiday Festival Choral Concert. The second is the annual concert event of the season, which includes music from Venetian composer Biagio Marini, Johann Schelle and George Frederic Handel.

Choral Arts Series: A Holiday Festival Choral Concert

The FIU Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers will perform an evening of holiday classics including, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Carols of the Bells” on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The audience will be invited to join in on sing-alongs to “Joy to the World,Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and more.

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Handel’s Messiah to be streamed live

The FIU School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, the Amernet String Quartet, Concert Choir, Master Chorale and Collegium Musicum collaborate in a program that features celebratory Baroque music in honor of the holiday season Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The concert will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fiu-live.

The FIU Sackbut Quartet opens the concert with the sounds of Baroque trombones and chamber organ in a performance of Venetian composer Biagio Marini’s “Canzona Terza” followed by Johann Schelle’s oratorio “Von Himmel Hoch.” Following a brief intermission, the second half of the concert is dedicated to iconic selections from George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah,” concluding with the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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Check out the video below to view excerpts of the 2010 concert.