Mendelssohn’s 125th Anniversary Holiday Gala Concert Dec. 4

From press release

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will present its 125th Anniversary Holiday Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at Court Street United Methodist Church. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Groups of 10 or more receive $5 off per ticket.

This concert will feature a performance of Donald Fraser’s “A Christmas Symphony” by the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Stephen Squires; soprano Jonita Lattimore; the Mendelssohn Chorale; Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford; and the Rock Valley Children’s Choirs.

Fraser’s symphony encompasses many of our most beloved Christmas carols. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Mendelssohn Club, Fraser has composed a new Christmas Prelude and Fugue based on the carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” written by Felix Mendelssohn.

To purchase concert tickets or for more information, call MPAC at (815) 964-9713 or visit

From the December 2-8, 2009 issue

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