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Marshall is Christmas music: Philharmonic, Chorus collaborate to offer holiday favorites at concert Sunday

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra performs during the 2011 MPO Christmas concert. This year's concert will again feature special guest the Marshall Community Chorus. The annual collaborative concert traditionally concludes with a rendition of Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus from "Messiah" that audiences find inspirational.
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Marshall is music, and holiday music in Marshall brings beauty and joy to the community, according to Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra officials.

That will be the theme for Sunday's combined MPO and Marshall Community Chorus Christmas concert to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School.

Conductors Kevin Lines and Ron Sayer have selected favorite holiday standards for this year's concert that will raise spirits and add some jingle to your Christmas celebrations.

The program will include many holiday favorites, including:

--"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" arranged by Ted Ricketts,

--"Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed, transcribed by Clark McAlister,

--"Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson,

--"A Canadian Brass Christmas" arranged by Luther Henderson,

--"Stille Nacht" arranged by Chip Davis and Calvin Custer,

--"A Swingin' Holiday" arranged by Ralph Ford,

--"Sing Choirs of Angels" by Jay Althouse,

--"Candlelight Carol" by John Rutter,

--"Infant Holy" arranged by Cameron Rose,

--"Christmas Bells Are Ringing" arranged by Mark Hayes, and

--three choruses from "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel, "O Thou That Tellest," "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" and "Hallelujah."

Non-perishable food items will be collected at the door for the Marshall Food Pantry for this free holiday concert.

This concert is the one time in the whole year that these two very active community groups come together to offer their gift of music in one brilliant sound.

Sunday's musicians, therefore, extend their heartfelt invitation for the entire community to come together as well for one wonderful cause, the Marshall Food Pantry.




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