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Moody Ushers in the Christmas season


Tickets available for Nov. 5 Handel’s Messiah, and Dec. 1 and 2 Candlelight Carols

Handel’s Messiah (November 5)

For the first time at Moody Bible Institute, the Hallelujah Chorus will be conducted by a student, Eric D. Reyes, who received a choral conducting award last spring from the American Choral Directors Association.

Reyes is one of more than 100 students, employees and professional musicians performing in Moody’s 67th annual production of Handel’s Messiah. The concert takes place on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m., in Torrey-Gray Auditorium on the Chicago campus. Using Scripture set to music, Messiah traces the completed work of Jesus Christ from the foretelling of His coming through His birth, life, death and resurrection.

Dr. Xiangtang Hong, professor of music and director of the Moody Chorale, will serve as conductor for this performance, which is sung by participants who are passionate about their relationship with Christ.

During this year’s Handel's Messiah there will be a pre-concert lecture with Dr. Chester L. Alwes, professor and author of Handel’s Messiah: the Complete Solo Variants (Roger Dean Music, 2009). Registration is free but limited, and available with the main event ticket purchase. The pre-concert lecture will be held be at 2:15 p.m., in the Alumni Student Center on Nov. 5. Tickets are for sale online and by phone now through Nov 2; tickets will also be available at the event. 

“This is my fourth Handel's Messiah with Moody Bible Institute. Each year it is a profoundly humbling experience to proclaim God's Word amongst fellow believers. I love to look around the auditorium during the Hallelujah Chorus and imagine that it might be a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. It is an honor to testify that my Redeemer lives,” said Cassidy Reich, senior voice major. “Moody Bible Institute's production of Messiah truly encompasses Paul's instruction in Colossians 3:16 to: ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.’ I am so thankful that God's Word is so deeply embedded in Moody's Christmas traditions, as well as my own family.”

“I am beyond honored to serve as a soloist in this year’s production of Handel’s Messiah,” said Katelyn Kavanaugh, a junior receiving her bachelors of music. She added, “This semester, the Lord has been teaching me so much about the weight and complete authority of His Word. It is a pure joy to sing truths such as ‘Come unto Him and He shall give you rest’ and ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ for the thousands of people that attend the concert. The best thing about this performance is that each recitative, aria, duet and choral movement is complete truth, straight from the mouth of God; and His word will never come back void.”

For more information about the performance, and to order tickets, call (312) 329-2399 or purchase tickets online at

Candlelight Carols (December 1 and 2)

In another Christmas tradition, Moody will present its 62nd annual production of Candlelight Carols.  This year’s theme will be focusing on “Wonders of Christmas,” including songs and biblical stories that explore the times that God broke through into our world. There will be four short stories featured, and all of the large ensembles (Chorale, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and Symphonic Band) and small ensembles (One O’Clock Jazz, Worship Collective, etc.).

The production will be held at The Moody Church in Chicago on Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


“Candlelight Carols is such an important event in the life of Moody and the city of Chicago,” said Matthew Moore, professor of speech and drama director for MBI. “I love that each year Candlelight Carols is a bit different with new music, drama, and themes to help us experience the Christmas season afresh. This year a group of Moody student storytellers will bring to life four short stories, reminding us that Christmas is a wonder-filled time of the year.” He added, “The first Christmas was life-changing for those who witnessed its wondrous events. And even now, God is still changing hearts and lives in this special season of hope.”

In addition to David Gauger, who is serving as the conductor for Moody Symphonic Band, Moody professors Dr. Xiangtang HongDr. Betty-Ann Lynerd and Dr. H. E. Singley III will also serve as conductors for Candlelight CarolsMatthew Moore will serve as director for the drama portion of the performance.

Candlelight Carols features the Moody ChoraleMen’s Collegiate ChoirSymphonic Band and Women’s Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble, as well as students from the Speech and Drama Core. These groups will perform well-loved carols and innovative drama enhanced by professionally produced multimedia.

Tickets can be purchased online at or via phone at (312) 329-2399.


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