Sacred Heart University hosts holiday events

Sacred Heart University will host a variety of events in December to celebrate the holiday season. Programs range from instrumental and choral concerts to Irish music ensembles and the University’s annual tree lighting.

Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the Office of Student Life will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m., on the quad; free. Gather for a festive sing-a-long with members of the SHU Choir as we kick off the Christmas season.

Winter Voyage, performed by SHU’s band, as they prepare for their upcoming tour of Ireland will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, performed by SHU’s Liturgical Choir, 4 Heart Harmony, Blended Hearts and SHU LOVE Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m., at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit; free. Listen as the Christmas Story is celebrated in scripture readings, anthems and Christmas Carols.

A Choral Christmas Extravaganza, performed by the SHU Choirs, will feature a mix of holiday and Christmas traditional and contemporary favorites, with a surprise guest from the North Pole on Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.

Cherish the Ladies offer an “astonishing array of virtuosity” according to the Washington Post. They are also said to be one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music. Come watch the group on Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.

Holiday Brass Concert will be performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet. They will be joined by a guest organ player (SHU’s own John Michniewicz) as well a special guest solo vocalist. The group will perform seasonal favorites Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Contact the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at 203-371-7908 or edgertoncenter.org for ticket information.

Sacred Heart University’s “A Choral Christmas Extravaganza” — Photo by Mark F. Conrad

Sacred Heart University’s “A Choral Christmas Extravaganza” — Photo by Mark F. Conrad

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