Annual holiday concert at Phillips features Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Familiar holiday music will fill the Phillips Center for the Performing Artsâ€™ auditorium for “Sounds of the Season,” showcasing the University of Florida College of Fine Arts at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Presented by UF President Bernie Machen and Chris Machen, this upbeat holiday concert will feature 300 performers, including singers from the UF Concert Choir, UF Womenâ€™s Chorale, UF Menâ€™s Glee Club and the Gainesville Civic Chorus. Will Kesling, professor and program director in the UF School of Music, will direct the concert.
“This diverse holiday concert promises to be an entertaining and beautiful evening of your favorite seasonal music,” Kesling said. “We must thank President Machen for this wonderful seasonal giftâ€”a delightful concert of comfort and joy.”
This yearâ€™s concert, subtitled “A Carolerâ€™s Gift,” will open with a Christmas processional, â€śGloria in excelsis Deoâ€ť and will close with George Frideric Handelâ€™s majestic â€śHallelujah Chorus.â€ť
Tickets are free and will be distributed at the door beginning at 6 p.m., an hour before showtime. The 2011 concert reached audience capacity, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat. For more information, contact the UFPA box office at 352-2787.