Christmas Concerts


Bluffton to present ‘Messiah’

Bluffton University will present its 121st performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Jonathan Wey, visiting conductor, makes his debut conducting the oratorio at Bluffton. The 20-member orchestra includes professional players from the area and some Bluffton faculty and staff. Students join faculty, staff and community members in the 65-voice Bluffton Choral Society.

Soloists are Leah Crane, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Purifoy, tenor; and Mark Gilgallon, baritone.


Christmas choral concert is Dec. 11

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale will headline “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens. They are available online, at, or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.

The program is designed around a historical structure of Scripture readings and Christmas carols. The readings, taken from prophetic writings about the Messiah’s coming and from the Christmas story, are interspersed with various Christmas pieces.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music, and Jonathan Wey, visiting conductor, will conduct Camerata Singers, a select chamber choir, and the University Chorale, a 56-member mixed ensemble. Accompanying the choirs—and the audience during three carols—will be pianist Ana Yoder Coulter, an adjunct instructor. Students from the choirs will serve as Scripture readers.