Bach's Christmas Cantata Brings Holiday Joy to TAMIU Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004

Bach's Christmas Cantata Brings Holiday Joy to TAMIU Saturday


On Saturday night, the musical joys of Bach will be celebrated with a special concert by the Texas A&M International University ProCantus Chorale at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts' Recital Hall.

The evening's program will include Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Cantatas with a special performance by guest artists the 60-plus member ProCantus Simphonicus of McAllen.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Families are especially encouraged to bring their children and enjoy the rare opportunity.

Dr. Mazias De Oliveira, assistant professor of music at TAMIU and director of the TAMIU Chorale, said the evening will be a remarkable treat with music that has touched hearts for generations.

"This is truly the music that has framed holiday memories for generations and we are indeed fortunate to be able to present a program of such beauty. This will be a wonderful evening of holiday cheer that will truly get the audience in the holiday spirit. Based on audience interest, we hope to be able to make this part of the unique traditions of the holidays here at TAMIU, such as we have already done with our successful presentations of 'Las Posadas,' and 'Guitarras de la Navidad,'" he explained.

In addition to the Bach program, guests will also enjoy a series of seasonal standards including "Oh Holy Night", "Jesu Bambino," "Panis Angelicus," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" and others.

For additional information on the Bach's Christmas Cantatas presentation at TAMIU, call the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at 326.2180, visit offices in Killam Library 268 or email pais@tamiu.edu.

University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu