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Manchester University offers musical performances for holiday season

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The yuletide season at Manchester University offers several musical performances, beginning with the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols.

This community service featuring MU’s Cantabile and Chamber Singers is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester.

Scripture and poetry readings are part of the service, and admission is free.

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Extravaganza at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 in Cordier Auditorium.

The performance features holiday favorites and Amahl and the Night Visitors. On their way to Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men find another mother and child in great need. In this concert version of the one-act opera, Amahl and his mother receive the miracles they need most: faith, hope, love and forgiveness.

Amahl and the Night Visitors by composer Gian Carlo Menotti features five local soloists: Kelly Iler and Michael Rueff, who are recent MU music alumni; Dr. Eric Reichenbach, local physician and frequent theater participant; Thomas Hall, a North Manchester resident and Warsaw High School choir teacher; and Elizabeth Thomson, who is 11 years old.

General admission is $15. It is free for Manchester University students, faculty and staff, as well as for those 18 and younger. The MSO provided Wabash County school music teachers with coupons for their students that will admit one adult free of charge if accompanied by a child.

Touchstone, a University bands concert, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in Cordier Auditorium.

It features soprano McKenzie Hare and the MU symphonic and jazz bands.

The marquee piece is two movements from David by Stephen Melillo. It is based on the story of David and Goliath, and David’s search for the Touchstone promised by an emissary from a distant land. 

General admission is $5. It is free for MU faculty, staff and students.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. It has students from 20 nations and is home to the world's first undergraduate peace studies program, established in 1948. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

November 2017