Orchestra, choir unite for holiday

Gabrielle Bejarano, Staff writer

The Mercyhurst University Civic Orchestra, directed by Jonathan Moser, and the Mercyhurst University Concert Choir, directed by Thomas Brooks, will be coming together to present a concert entitled “A Storybook Christmas.”
This musical event, which takes place Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, comes just in time for the holiday season.
Audience members should expect to be whisked away in a concert full of holiday favorites, featuring songs like the “Christmas Song” and “White Christmas,” as well as arrangements of classic Christmas film scores such as “Home Alone” and “The Polar Express.”
The centerpiece of the concert will be “Twas the Night before Christmas,” which is a collaboration between the Civic Orchestra and the Concert Choir.
These musicians have been working incredibly hard to put this event together.
Moser said that the students in the ensemble practice numerous hours.
Just this particular concert will have taken more than 14 hours of rehearsal in addition to other kinds of preparation.
“With each concert the ensemble uses the preparation time to grow and become more unified,” Moser said. “This is what makes each concert better than the last.”
Those performing in the orchestra include college students, community members and local professionals.
The choir has Music majors and people of other majors as well.
Moser hopes that the audience will enjoy the performance that the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra and Concert Choir members, have worked so hard to share with them.
“It is my hope that audience members may walk out of the auditorium with pep in their step, a brighter smile and their hearts just a bit fuller in hope for the new year,” Moser said.
A Storybook Christmas will be a wonderful evening you won’t want to miss.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
They are $5 for adults and $2 for students and youth.