Two students from Union County to participate in George Fox concert
NEWBERG — George Fox University’s annual Christmas concert, “Tell the Good News,” returns to campus Friday through Sunday.
Local students participating in the production are Brian Bump of La Grande, a freshman majoring in chemistry, and Bethany Hagen of Cove, a senior majoring in biology.
The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Preconcert music will be offered 45 minutes before each performance. The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased by visiting music.georgefox.edu.
All performances will be held in Bauman Auditorium on the university’s Newberg campus.
Featured groups include the university’s Concert Choir, Men’s and Women’s Chorale, Chamber Choir and Symphonic Band and Strings. Loren Wenz, associate professor of music, will direct the choral portion of the concert, and Pat Vandehey, assistant professor of music, will direct the instrumental portion. Professors Richard Elliott and Gary Frame will also assist with conducting.
More than 100 student musicians will tell the Christmas story through well-loved carols and traditional compositions. Complementary staging, complete with authentic environmental elements, Scripture reading and narration, will be featured. The concert will also be interspersed with opportunities for the audience to join in singing familiar Christmas carols.
Among the selections presented will be “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” (Polish carol), “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”
The event is the largest production of the year put on by the university’s music department, which offers a music major and a music education major.