The Northwest College Music Department is kicking off the holiday season with a series of festive concerts throughout the end of November and beginning of December.
First on the schedule is the Jazz Expo, which takes place Friday, Nov. 30, in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium. Featuring NWC jazz students, the concert will culminate their fall tour performances. This event gets underway at 7 p.m.
Next, the Northwest Civic Orchestra and NWC choirs will present Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium. Codirected by NWC Violin Instructor Maurine Akin and NWC Director of Choirs Brennan Baglio, the group adds to the spirit of the season with the sing-along version of this holiday classic. The performance will include soloists and a chorus; however, audience members are invited to bring a score and join in singing. In addition, there will be copies of the choruses available at the door. A reception will be held after the concert.
Admission is free; however, non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the door, which will be donated to the Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes food bank.
The series continues with the Northwest College Guitar Ensembles in concert Monday, Dec. 3. Under the direction of NWC Instructor of Music Jeff Troxel, the groups perform at 7 p.m. in the Hinckley Library Amphitheater.
Holiday festivities continue with the Vespers Concert Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Northwest College Concert Choir and Powell High School Choir will once again join forces to present this annual favorite. This popular holiday music event is hosted at the Powell First United Methodist Church, located at 137 West Second Street.
Under the direction of Baglio and PHS Choir Director John Miller, the two choirs will present a program of choral music ranging from holiday favorites to spirituals among other sacred and secular works. All are invited to join the Powell community and the NWC and PHS students to celebrate this holiday season through an evening of music.
All concerts are free and open to the public.
To learn more about the NWC Music Department or upcoming events, visit https://www.nwc.edu/music/.