Eastern Michigan University Choral Program to present Candlelight Concerts December 10 and 11 at Pease Auditorium

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YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Choral Program plans to usher in the holiday season with its Candlelight Concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl in Ypsilanti. The signature concerts help raise funds to support the EMU choir. General admission and donor tickets are available for this event.

This year’s concert theme is “For When We Love,” which will bring musicians and audiences together while celebrating the traditional holiday music of the season. 

Brandon Johnson, director of Choral Activities at Eastern, said the Candlelight Concert reminds us that we have much more in common than what divides us.

“You will hear artistic work by students, community members, and faculty,” said Johnson. “The Candlelight Concert includes people from all walks of life working together to celebrate the season. Each artist is working, so everyone feels renewed, inspired, and connected,” he added. 

Traditional carol arrangements will be intermingled with the music of J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Elaine Hagenberg, G. F. Handel, Herbert Howells, Karen Marrolli, Felix Mendelssohn, and Knut Nystedt. 

“This is a terrific way to celebrate the holiday season while supporting artists in our community,” said Johnson.

The choral program offers free concerts year-round and the Candlelight Concert is the only ticketed event. This concert helps to educate students, connect with the community and work on collaboration. For more information about the Candlelight Concert or to purchase tickets, visit the webpage.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

November 30, 2022

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