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GRCC choirs to host a holiday program to cheer this holiday season up

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(Photo Courtesy of St. Cecilia Music Center)

By Mathew Pratt

The Grand Rapids Community College Winter Choral Concert is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 10 and will be a holiday program celebrating hope, home and musical themes on the journey from dark to light. The program will feature four of the vocal ensembles at GRCC. 

“The choral works we’re singing highlights poetry and texts that have themes of hope, light, and dark,” said GRCC’s Choral and Vocal Activities Director Caleb Wenzel. The program will feature hymns about hope to creative narratives about all light coming first out of darkness. 

This musical performance will be designed as a musical collage. 

“Instead of finishing one piece and then starting another, each piece will directly lead into each other, forming one continuous musical journey,” Wenzel stated. 

Some of the thematic contrasts will include the Madrigal singers, who will sing two contrasting pieces of music: one about mystery and another one about Christmas Day. GRCC’S vocal jazz ensembles will sing a work that frames the planet as a gift and family and “a Christmas gift that we can care for and pass on to the generations after us,” Wenzel stated. 

The event is set to start at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Music Center in the Royce Auditorium. Admission for adults is $5 and $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased here. All GRCC and Grand Rapids Public Schools students with a valid school ID get in free.