The annual Holiday Concert is a musical celebration of the winter holidays. Over the years, the concerts have presented a wide array of musical styles, from Renaissance motets to guitar rock, and from the exhilarating complexity of Bach to the swinging rhythyms of Duke Ellington. This year's program was no less varied nor any less ambitious than its forerunners; it featured music from around the world, spanning four centuries, including the most famous oratorio of all time, the Messiah by Georg Frideric Handel.
Processing into the Chapel by candlelight to the beautiful Dona Nobis Pacem, the 120 Middlesex instrumentalists and singers delighted listeners with such holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride and White Christmas alongside traditional Israeli folksongs, classic instrumental pieces, and the performance's major choral work, the Messiah. The Middlesex Jazz Orchestra performed many holiday favorites, and the Middlesex Chamber Ensemble provided the orchestral accompaniment for the Messiah. Listen to the full chorus, 100 students, faculty, and staff, fill the Chapel with the incredible sound of the Hallelujah chorus: