FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Southwestern Seminary’s Master Chorale opened the holiday season with their “Gloria!” concert at Truett Auditorium, Nov. 13.
Conductor David Thye, professor of church music and chair of the conducting department, led the Master Chorale and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria and John Rutter’s Magnificat. These well-known compositions reflect upon two biblical passages traditionally associated with the Christmas season: Mary’s praise for the anticipated birth of her son, the Messiah (Luke 1:46-55); and the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds (Luke 2:13-14). The concert featured soloists Lynn Eustis, a University of North Texas voice professor, as soprano; and Angela Cofer, professor of voice at Southwestern, as alto.
The Master Chorale and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by Thye, will continue celebrations of Christmas with their “Home for the Holidays” performances at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall, Nov. 27-29. They will also put on two performances of Handel’s Messiah: at Southwestern Seminary on Dec. 3, and at the Bass Performance Hall on Dec. 7. For more information, visit Southwestern’s Web site at