Christmas is simply the best. As cliche as it is, I can’t help but agree that this is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, there’s the excitement of Christmas treats and the prevalence of Christmas music (everywhere) and the feel-good movies. And I’m all about having an excuse to bring heavenly-smelling pine trees inside for once. Oftentimes, however, despite the ideas of hope and love and charity that permeate all elements of Christmas, it’s easy to forget why it is that this season is so important, and the right Christmas song and mood and spirit are the friendly reminders needed to bring Christmas back to Christ.
It’s for this reason that I enjoyed this year’s Christmas concert. Southern Virginia’s two choirs, Concert Chorale and Bella Voce, united their talents with those of the orchestra and a flute quartet to perform a varied and diverse but generally wonderful program of Christmas music. I was especially fond of the spiritual “Mary Had a Baby,” but that might have been because my roommate was a soloist.
I’m so often astounded by the level of talent at this university, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity not only to be a happy recipient of the fruits of that talent as I attend concerts and shows, but to have had this particular performance serve as one of those refreshing reminders of what truly makes this season the most wonderful.
(Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’15.)