Eastern Michigan University Choral Program returns with Candlelight Concerts at Pease Auditorium – Dec. 9 and 10

EMU Choir students wearing black dress clothes perform at Pease Auditorium.

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Choral Program is set to enchant audiences with its Candlelight Concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. The performances will take place at Pease Auditorium, located at 494 College Pl in Ypsilanti.

Under the theme "Shout for Joy!" this year's concert is a celebration of the works of J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, and Sarah Quarte. The events aim to raise funds to support the EMU choir, offering general admission and donor tickets for interested patrons.

Brandon Johnson, director of Choral Activities at Eastern, emphasizes the Candlelight Concert's role in reminding the community of humanity. "The concert showcases artistic contributions from students, community members, and faculty representing diverse backgrounds. It's a collaborative effort that rejuvenates, inspires, and connects everyone involved," he added.

The repertoire for the concerts will feature a harmonious blend of traditional carol arrangements and compositions by renowned musicians such as J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Elaine Hagenberg, G. F. Handel, Herbert Howells, Karen Marrolli, Felix Mendelssohn and Knut Nystedt.

"This provides a wonderful opportunity to embrace the holiday spirit while supporting our local artists," said Johnson.

While the choral program regularly offers free concerts throughout the year, the Candlelight Concert is their only ticketed event. Beyond its musical enchantment, the concert is an educational platform, fostering community connections and collaborative efforts. 

For more information about the Candlelight Concert or to purchase tickets, please visit the program's official 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.

December 05, 2023

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