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Pepperdine Concert Choir and Orchestra to Spread Holiday Cheer with Sold-Out Christmas Concert

November 30, 2021  | 1 min read

In celebration of the holiday season, students in the Pepperdine Concert Choir and Orchestra will perform a series of classic Christmas songs on Thursday, December 2, at 7:30 PM PT. Ryan Board, professor of music and director of choral activities, and Long-Tao "Pierre" Tang, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles, will direct the student-led performance.

“This is a very exciting and unprecedented Christmas Concert, and an important opportunity to give our students the chance to make up for performances lost during the pandemic,” Board said. “This year we will feature a number of traditional favorites, including our Christmas Carol Sing-Along, O Holy Night, and Et in terra pax by Gerald Finzi, which is a powerful choral-orchestral setting of a Robert Bridges poem (1844–1930) reflecting on a Christmas Eve from between the World Wars in England. As the poet reflects on the ringing bells at midnight, his thoughts are drawn to the very first Christmas, when the angels visited the shepherds and delivered their message of peace and goodwill on earth.”  

Seaver College senior Susannah Gallup, a mathematics major and winner of the 2020 Thomas Osborn concerto competition, will perform the first half of Glazunov's Violin Concerto. Flautist and fellow senior Yoona Lee, winner of the 2021 Thomas Osborn concerto competition, will perform the second and third movements of Reinecke's Flute Concerto.  

While this holiday concert is currently sold out, the performance will be livestreamed for audiences worldwide. For additional information about the concert, visit the event’s page on the Pepperdine University website.