Last years Christmas Prism performance
Last years Christmas Prism performance
Author: Rachel Meier
Categories: Campus Life|Community|Music

Houghton College is hosting the sixth annual Christmas Prism this December 7-9, in Houghton as well as Rochester and Buffalo.

This 2012 Christmas Prism, Shout the Glad Tidings!, is an artistic exploration of the joy of Christmas, featuring over 200 students, and will include both choral and orchestral music, as well as dance, visual art and poetry. 

In its 6th season, Prism has been wonderfully received by all who have attended  Last year, audience members were quoted as saying, “It was life changing…I have never had such a musical-spiritual experience”; “It was one of those moments when everything worked together to produce an amazing 'experience…the audience literally leaped to its feet in resounding applause.  Three curtain calls!”; “I have never been moved to tears at a musical performance before tonight.” 

The Prism performance approach combines wide-ranging choral music with its instrumental counterpart, and unifies it into a single tapestry of great power. The ensembles include Symphonic Winds, Philharmonia, various instrumental chamber ensembles, College Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and solo and small- group vocalists. The conductors will be Dr. Brandon Johnson, Dr. David Davies and Dr. Stephen Plate.

Dr. Johnson, director of choral activities, comments, saying , “The entire program and its interwoven threads are what make this event special.  The seamless interaction of music, art, scripture, poetry and lights provide a unique perspective on the season of Christmas.  The program in its entirety is so much more than [just] the sum of its parts.”

The December 7 event will be in Rochester at the Third Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday, December 9, performance will be in Buffalo at the First Presbyterian Church at 7:30. Saturday, December 8, will see Prism hosted in Houghton College’s Wesley Chapel.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit or call 585.567.9210.