Wake Forest Choirs to Present Holiday Concert

Three Wake Forest University choirs will present a free holiday concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Brendle Recital Hall.

The Choral Union, the Collegium Vocal Ensemble and the Concert Choir will form a 100-voice chorus to sing Johann Franck’s “Be Thou with Me,” but also will perform separately.

The Choral Union’s selections will include Haydn’s “Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo” and carol arrangements by American composers Walter Ehret and Edwin Fissinger.

The Collegium Vocal Ensemble will perform carol arrangements of “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” by John Rutter and Chester Alwes.

The Concert Choir will perform Josquin des Pres’s “Ave Maria,” Benjamin Britten’s lesser-known Christmas music, and selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Mass in G minor.”

All three choirs are directed by Brian Gorelick, director of choral ensembles.

Audience members are invited to join the singers in closing the concert with “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

For information, call 759-5026.

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