Minot State to spread holiday cheer through musical events

Minot State University will spread holiday cheer through several musical events at the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall leading up to the winter holidays.

University events include the “Messiah” on Sunday, the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Magic”on Dec. 8 and the Western Plains Children’s Choir concert “Christmas in all the World Tonight” on Dec. 9.

The Heritage Singers, Voices of Note and the choirs of Minot State University will join forces for their annual performance of “Messiah” on Sunday at 4 p.m. The “Messiah” has been performed continuously since 1929 and has been a fixture during the Minot holiday season for over 100 years. The production is free and open to the public.

“Holiday Magic” is the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s third production of the 2018-19 year and will be performed in collaboration with the MSU concert choir and Minot Chamber Choral on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Efrain Amaya, Minot Symphony Orchestra maestro and assistant professor of music at Minot State, will direct the concert, where pieces such as “Winter Bonfire Suite” by Prokofiev, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be performed. Prices and tickets can be found online at minotsymphony.com.

On the following afternoon the Western Plains Children’s Choir will perform their holiday concert. “Christmas in all the World Tonight” begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and will feature songs from France, Greece, Spain, Germany, England, Africa, Norway, Israel, Puerto Rico, America and Russia. The concert is free and open to the public. The Western Plains Children’s Chorus began in January 1991, and is sustained by Minot State University.

In addition to Minot State’s holiday events, additional musical performances will take place at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall in December.

The Magical Medora Christmas Show will be at Minot State on Tuesday and Wednesday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets and more information about the traveling “Medora style” variety show can be found at medora.com.

Pianist Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra will perform “Lord of Lords” on Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. Line, from Minnesota, is celebrating her 29th anniversary of performance. Tickets and more information can be found at lorieline.com.