The Hillsdale Arts Chorale, accompanied by musicians from Michigan State University, will perform in Hillsdale College’s Christ Chapel at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Their concert, entitled “Celebrate the Light,” will feature Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit” and a variety of carols. The concert costs $10 per person and those under the age of 18 are given free admittance with an adult present.
Greg Bailey ’89, the executive director of the chorale and a singer in the bass section, said the chapel will provide a unique experience for the concert.
“The sound of that enormous space and the way it will bounce off the walls will be like the way it was years ago in large cathedrals,” Bailey said. “It’s going to be a wonderful experience for us.”
The concert will be conducted by Clelyn Chapin who is pursuing her doctorate in musical arts at Michigan State University.
“Charpentier’s piece is actually a mass that was originally meant to be performed in a space like Christ Chapel,” Chapin said. “This concert will be a wonderful opportunity to see both Hillsdale as a college providing this new performance space to the community and also see all the gifts the Hillsdale Arts Chorale has to offer.”
Bailey said the chorale welcomes members from the Hillsdale community and surrounding counties.
“The quality of this group in the town of the size of Hillsdale is just wild,” Chapin said.
“The amount of musicianship and experience is very special here.”
Founded in 1973, the Hillsdale Arts Chorale is in its 47th season and performs four concerts every year, typically, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.