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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.
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.
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.
The performance, which included the Canyon Chorale, the Canyon Singers and the New Life Singers, kicked off a busy stretch for the Music Department as the holiday season approaches.
The “Improv Your Life” fall show, sponsored by GCU Today, is scheduled for two performances at Thunderground on campus.
Under the direction of Dean Claude Pensis, the College of Fine Arts and Production’s interpretation of “Ah, Wilderness!” serves up a sweet slice of nostalgia with a healthy dollop of Americana on top.
Beethoven’s “Mass in C” and “Choral Fantasy” were performed before a near-capacity crowd at First Southern Baptist Church, adjacent to campus.