The Spirit of the Season Returns to Emory with a Medley of Holiday Performances

November 12, 2015

From a lively arrangement of Hanukkah songs to haunting renditions of Christmas carols, the month of December at Emory means the return of cherished family-friendly performances as well as the introduction of new holiday concerts that will fill you and your loved ones with holiday cheer.     

Since its establishment in 1935, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been one of Emory’s most beloved holiday traditions.  The sacred candlelit service features members of the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir singing heartwarming renditions of classic Christmas songs, as well as several readings from the Old and New Testament by special guests from the Emory community.  For the 2015 holiday season, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols takes place on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium.  Tickets: $20; $15 discount categories; $5 Emory students.

The Emory Wind Ensemble, under the leadership of new conductor Paul Bhasin, celebrates the season with a free concert on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  Titled “Folk Songs and Dances,” the show features Stephen Bulla’s Rhapsody for Hanukkah, a stirring potpourri of songs, including “Dreidel Song,” “Raisins and Almonds,” and “Eight Days of Hanukkah.”

A local favorite, Christmas with the Atlanta Master Chorale returns to the Schwartz Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.  This year’s holiday concert features a combination of new and traditional Christmas tunes that are sure to put audience members in a festive mood.  Tickets: $30; $25 discount categories; $10 all students.

The family-friendly Christmas event Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music caps off the holiday performances at Emory on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum.  Old Saint Nick himself will appear to the audience to introduce some of his favorite classical works as well as give early Christmas treats to good listeners.  Part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s Family Series, this concert is free and open to the public.   

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