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Lamar choirs perform Handel's Messiah

Lamar choral concertRing in the holiday season with Lamar University’s A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus as they perform selections from George Frideric Handel's Messiah at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont.

The choirs will be joined by members of the Lamar Civic Orchestra and the Southeast Texas community for the concert, which will be conducted by James Han, director of choral activities at Lamar. The concert will also feature guest conductors Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, and Russ Schultz, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

“We are very much looking forward to this wonderful collaboration with Lamar Civic Orchestra members and two great conductors Dr. Kurt Gilman and Dr. Russ Schultz,” said Han. “I am also very thankful to our students who are working very hard to make this piece special.”

The concert opens with Alleluia by Ralph Manuel, led by student conductor Michelle White of Carthage. Bryan Proksch, musicologist and assistant professor in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, will then briefly detail the history of Handel's oratorio masterpiece.

“Handel’s Messiah is one of the pieces that inspired me to become a musician,” said Han. “It's one of the most beautiful and well-written choral pieces I know.”

A holiday reception will follow the concert, featuring hot chocolate, coffee, Christmas cookies and other treats.

Admission to the concert and reception is free.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 4090 Delaware, Beaumont, Texas, 77706.

For more information, call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144.