Posted on: November 20, 2022 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

Photo from FPAC Facebook Page

Moraine Valley Chorale and Chamber Singers perform on the Rialto stage in December 2020.

By Noor Awaidah, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

With finals quickly approaching, it may be difficult to get into the holiday spirit.

However, the Fine and Performing Arts Center has the month of December jam-packed with musical festivities to celebrate the holidays. 

Moraine Valley’s Chorale and Chamber Singers start the month off with performances of Merry Christmas Music on Dec. 3 at 7:30 PM. Both groups are directed by Nicholas Thomas, the Fine Arts and Humanities Department Chair. 

Photo from Moraine Valley Concert Band Facebook Page
The concert band’s French horn players perform.

The Moraine Chorale is a community-based choir with more than 60 members who typically perform five themed concerts every year. The Chamber Singers is a group open to Moraine students who are interested in exploring different styles of contemporary singing. 

The holiday fun doesn’t end there. On Dec. 4, the Moraine Valley Concert Band, an ensemble composed of more than 40 instruments, will give its own performance of holiday music. Directed by Douglass Bratt, the performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater. 

Bratt also runs Moraine’s Percussion Ensemble, which will present a Percussion Ensemble Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Combo, made up of Moraine students and community members, performs Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater. The Jazz Combo explores “small-group jazz improvisation and interaction” and is directed by Mai Sugimoto. 

Moraine Valley is also offering holiday performances by outside groups including Girls Like Us and Lisa Rock. For more information on any of these events, visit the Fine and Performing Arts website