“It’s beginning to [sound] a lot like Christmas” at USUE’s new Central Instruction Building. Three days and three nights per week, you can hear familiar Christmas melodies floating through the air. Musical selections range from jazzy allusions to chestnuts roasting over fires to medleys of beloved carols, to powerful choruses from Handel’s “Messiah.” Singers and instrumentalists have been preparing for months already, and the performances are just around the corner.
The USU Eastern Choirs and Eastern Utah Orchestra will be presenting their “Festival Of Carols” Concert on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Geary Events Center. Tickets are $1 for USUE students and children under 18, and $5 for adults. Musicians are working hard to learn their music for choral director Larry Martin and piano faculty member Elise Tuttle. The newly-remodeled building, along with the new Steinway concert grand piano and talented choir and orchestra, make this an event you won’t want to miss.
Just three days later, in the same venue, the combined USU Eastern Choirs and the Castle Valley Chorale and Orchestra will present choruses and solos from Handel’s “Messiah.” This event is also at 7:30 p.m., and seating is limited to 500, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free, but children under eight are not permitted. This year’s performance will continue a cherished community tradition of over seven decades that spans the generations and offers a grand opening to the Christmas season.