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After the Christmas concert, guests are invited to view 35 trees decorated by organizations and offices. Project Help will distribute the trees to local families in need. Residents are invited to bring new socks that will also be donated to Project Help.

Concert, sing-along spread holiday spirit

By Catherine E. Porter
marketing and communication ’16

DEC. 1 – Join Trine University’s Department of Music for some free, festive holiday entertainment.

The University Choir, Musical Theatre/Opera Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra will present their annual Community Music Christmas Show at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 in the Ryan Concert Hall, T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, 500 W. Maumee St. As part of the university’s Free Concert series, this event is free and open to the public.

tree redThe University Choir will present the holiday tunes “Deck the Halls” by James McKelvy and “Still, Still, Still” by Norman Luboff. The men’s and women’s ensembles will also each perform their own take on the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Musical Theatre and Opera Ensemble will perform Christmas favorites from musicals and operas including "We Need a Little Christmas" from “Mame,” "My Favorite Things" from “The Sound of Music,” “Welcome Christmas” from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and "Abends will ich schlafen gehen" from “Hänsel und Gretel.”

The Chamber Orchestra will play “March of the Nutcracker and Trepak” by Petr Tchaikovsky; “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” by Chip Davis; “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Lullay My Liking” and excerpts from “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst and “Wizards in Winter” by Paul O’Neill and Robert Kinkel.

As always, the show will wrap up with a Christmas sing-along and the audience will be encouraged to join in singing the traditional carols “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.”

After the concert, the holiday magic continues at the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. Guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat holiday dinner by Bon Appetit at Whitney Commons, starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $12.29 for adults, $6.14 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

After dinner, all are invited to walk through the University Center to see more than 35 trees decorated for the holiday season by Trine University clubs, organizations and offices. The trees will be donated to local families through Project Help. To get involved with Trine’s holiday donations to Project Help, community members may bring new socks to the holiday concert.

Seating at the Christmas Show, with plentiful options for those with disabilities, is on a first-come basis. For more information, visit trine.edu/furth