News Release

Hundreds Celebrate the Season at Christmastide

Despite some erratic Chicago weather, close to 700 people turned out for Trinity Christian College’s annual holiday concert Christmastide on Saturday, December 1, in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. The performance includes all of Trinity’s musical groups in a concert celebrating the season and has become a wonderful holiday tradition for Trinity’s friends and neighbors.

The evening included a variety of musical acts performing an impressive array of Christmas music including the Gospel Choir singing “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” the Honors Ensemble performing a challenging arrangement of  “What Child is This?”, and finally the combined Concert, Campus, and Gospel Choirs, and Wind Ensemble taking on the “Hallelujah” chorus from George Frederick Handel’s Messiah.

In addition Dr. Craig Mattson, associate professor of communication arts, and students Dilaun White ’09 of Yorkville, Illinois, and Jacob Szafranksi ’09 of Avon, Ohio, offered readings of the Christmas story interspersed throughout the songs.

“A number of students, faculty, and staff invest so much time and energy into the program every year,” said Dr. Helen Hoekema Van Wyck, professor of music. “It’s very gratifying to us that so many people ventured out in the nasty weather to join us. We hope that our music and the program as a whole contributed to the meaning of the Christmas season for all participants, performers, and audience members alike.”

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