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Musicians from the Phoenix Symphony and vocalists from GCU and local high schools presented Handel’s Christmas classic, an event that has fast become a tradition for the University.
More than 300 musicians, including the Phoenix Symphony, will come together this week for the University’s third annual performance of “Handel’s Messiah,” presented by the College of Fine Arts and Production and its Music Department.
First up is Lincoln Brewster for a concert of Christmas fare, to be followed by Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Mercy Me and Jeremy Camp.
Directed by Claude Pensis and set in the late 1960s, the production has an outstanding student cast and is the most satisfying operatic effort since GCU’s arts program was revived three years ago.
Claire Penneau and Chelsey Minkler, who have two of the best female voices to come through the University’s music program, share a role in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” which opens this week. The women, separated in age by 18 years, are a study in contrasts.
Although the popular rapper wants to be known for his music as much as he is for his message, his set was an abbreviated one, going for less than 35 minutes.
Highlights from the Unashamed Tour of hip-hop artists, headlined by Grammy Award winner Lecrae.
Junior Chris Giles choreographed four pieces and danced in three of them at the semiannual showcase of student work, which offered something for all manner of tastes on the Thunderground stage.
The Wind Ensemble, Thunderstruck Percussion and Thunder Big Band all sounded terrific in a 90-minute fall concert under the direction of Paul Koch.
Students and fans will get a taste of the “Fading West” film and album at GCU Arena on Sunday night during an intimate evening with Switchfoot.