Telling the Story: Christmas Oratorios by Bach & Saint-Saëns

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8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center
750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing

On Saturday evening, the MSU College of Music will host its annual holiday concert. More than 200 members of the MSU Choral Union, University Chorale, State Singers and the MSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music Professor and MSU Choral Director David Rayl, will perform selections from the Christmas Oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach and Camille Saint-Saëns.

“The lyricism of Saint-Saëns’ music contrasts beautifully with the vocal and instrumental virtuosity delivered in Bach’s cantatas,” said Reyl. “We are grateful for this opportunity to share the beauty of choral-orchestral music and to help uplift everyone’s spirits during the holiday season.”

This is the second year that such a large section of the MSU choirs has been able to rehearse and perform in person since the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the concert to be canceled in 2019 and 2020. The musicians are excited to be back on stage for what will surely be an epic performance.

Reserved-seat tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (age 60 and older) and $12 for students, plus a $3.50 Wharton facility fee. Call 517-432-2000 or visit whartoncenter.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door if available.

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