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Community Invited to Celebrate Christmas at CMU

Annual concert features more than 100 musicians performing in a variety of styles

Canadian Mennonite University invites the community to celebrate the joy and anticipation of the holiday season at its annual Christmas concert.

Christmas at CMU takes place on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the university (500 Shaftesbury Blvd.). There are two concerts: one at 2 PM and the other at 7 PM. Admission for both concerts is free, and all are welcome to attend.

The concert is CMU’s gift to the community, says Rudy Schellenberg, Associate Professor of Music.

Christmas at CMU 2013

“We want this to be our thank you to the community for supporting us,” Schellenberg says. “The concert creates a wonderful atmosphere for meeting friends, meeting former classmates, and hearing beautiful music.”

Performances will feature CMU choirs; vocal and instrumental jazz; flute, guitar, and handbell ensembles; music faculty; readings and drama for kids; and an audience carol sing.

Christmas at CMU is a multi-generational, interactive event that allows family, friends, and neighbours of all ages to mingle in CMU’s beautiful heritage building.

Music ensembles will be stationed in different parts of the university, allowing attendees to create their own concert by walking around the festively decorated campus.

“There’s a huge variety of music, and of course, there’s homemade cookies and hot apple cider, too,” Schellenberg says.

He adds that all of CMU’s departments come together to create Christmas at CMU, which features more than 100 performers.

“It’s an all-campus contribution to our family, friends, and constituency,” Schellenberg says.

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