Rensselaer President’s Annual Holiday Concert To Take Place Dec. 15

December 5, 2019

Rensselaer President’s Annual Holiday Concert To Take Place Dec. 15

Performance by Orchestra and Concert Choir to explore gratitude and celebration in music

The 2019 President’s Holiday Concert at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) on campus.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. RSVPs are required online here.

The concert, titled “Hallelujah,” features a selection of music spanning more than 300 years, which juxtaposes divinely inspired works with those that revel in the often profane accomplishments of humanity.

“Our annual holiday concert is a special tradition that allows us to come together as a community to enjoy an extraordinary performance, to reflect on the blessings of the past year, and to look forward to the opportunities that 2020 will bring,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.

Under the direction of conductors Matthew Chamberlain and Andrew Burger, the Rensselaer Orchestra and Concert Choir will perform select works of Ola Gjeilo, George Frederick Handel, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Franz Schubert, and Pyotr-Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“Celebrate the season with a concert of festive choral and orchestral music,” said Chamberlain. “You will even have the opportunity to sing along to the famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus from Handel’s Messiah!”


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