Performers play French horns

Beloved holiday tradition returns with songs of the season presented by GVSU performers

Singers and other musicians perform at a church.

A favorite Grand Valley tradition of the season returned this week with a concert featuring a selection of holiday music from around the world.

"Coming Together to Celebrate the Holidays" was performed December 6 at Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids. It was presented by both the GVSU Arts Celebration and the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Members of the GVSU Symphony Orchestra, the GVSU University Arts Chorale and the GVSU Anima Vocal Ensemble performed the pieces, which included Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” Handel’s “Messiah,” selections from "The Nutcracker" and the Willcocks’ settings of English carols in a sing-along version.

It was the third installment of the revamped free community arts celebration, which now features events throughout the year. Poetry and lecture presentations are planned for 2022.

Moments from "Coming Together to Celebrate the Holidays"

A conductor leads musicians
Musicians play string instruments.
Singers perform with lights reflected from above.
Singers perform while looking at notebooks containing music.
Singers and musicians perform at a church decorated for the holidays.