Usher in holiday season with Trine events

Trine University invites members of the community to enjoy a Christmas concert and holiday dinner, as well as a Christmas tree display.

The Trine University Brass Ensemble, University Choir and Chamber Orchestra will present their free annual Christmas Show at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Ryan Concert Hall at the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts. A variety of classic and popular holiday tunes are planned by each performing group.

The Brass Ensemble will perform “Lo, how a Rose e’er Blooming” and Four Chorales for Christmas while the choir will perform a selection, including “Carol of the Bells,” “O Holy Night” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”

The orchestra will perform “Sleigh Ride,” “A Vaughan Williams Christmas” featuring three old English carols, music from the movie “Frozen” and an arrangement of “Christmas at the Movies” that includes music from “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Polar Express,” “Home Alone” and “The Grinch.”

The highlight of the concert that guests most enjoy is the Christmas sing-a-long. This year, the music for the audience participation includes “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.”

Those attending the concert are encouraged to help Trine collect new socks for Project Help. A donation box will be set up at the T. Furth Center to collect socks. Project Help is a Christian organization in Steuben County that is dedicated to helping community members facing hardships.

To continue the evening of holiday spirit, the community is invited to view the campus community’s decorated Christmas trees in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. All trees are decorated by Trine student organizations and departments and will be donated to Project Help. There is no charge to view the trees.

Immediately after the concert, Trine University’s Bon Appetit will offer a holiday dinner at Whitney Commons, also in the university center. Dinner is $11.25 for adults, $5.65 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

On the menu

Beef and bean chili
Corn and potato chowder


Beef kielbasa


Marinated grilled chicken breast

Baked sweet potatoes

French fries

Sautéed peppers and onions



Roasted turkey with cranberry relish

Mashed potatoes with turkey gravy

Steamed green beans



Pineapple and brown sugar glazed ham

Herb-loaded couscous and tofu

Wild rice pilaf

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Oven roasted eight-cut chicken

Roasted Parmesan potatoes


Taste of Italy



Whole wheat pasta with garlic and herbs