HPU to Host Annual Holiday Choral Concert


High Point University Holiday Choral ConcertHIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 13, 2012 – High Point University will treat the community to two performances of holiday music with its annual Holiday Choral Concert. The concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The concerts are open to the public.

“Our Holiday Choral Concerts are quickly becoming a holiday tradition for many in our High Point community,” says Dr. Marc Foster, chair of the department of music and director of choral activities at HPU. “We are giving two performances this year and hope to pack the hall for both.”

The concert will include a performance of John Rutter’s MAGNIFICAT with a full orchestra comprised of HPU students, faculty and guest musicians. The HPU choirs, which include 115 students, will also be joined by the choirs from Glenn High School in Kernersville, making a combined choir of nearly 200 singers. Dr. Candice Burrows, co-director of vocal studies at HPU, will serve as the mezzo-soprano soloist.

Foster notes that MAGNIFICAT, also known as the “Song of Mary,” is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymn texts and is possibly the oldest Marian text. Rutter has stated that his intention was to write a Magnificat reminiscent of Mediterranean sunshine and celebration, evoking the essence of the many festivals held throughout Europe and South America in honor of the Virgin Mary. 

“To this end, the work is full of energetic, syncopated rhythms and strong melodies with more than a hint of the musical theatre from time to time,” Foster says. “We invite the community to come out and celebrate the holiday season with this memorable performance.”

Parking will be available for community members behind the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

Complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting 336-841-9209 or

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