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‘Christmas Celebration’ concerts Dec. 5 and 7

UIndy-holiday-concert-webA rich tradition of holiday song will be explored Dec. 5 and 7 when the University of Indianapolis Department of Music stages its popular annual Christmas Celebration concerts.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

The program will feature a range of seasonal religious and secular music, from medieval and Renaissance-era selections to classic European carols and American standards, including “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Sleigh Ride” and “O Holy Night.”

Appearing will be:

  • Concert Choir, conducted by Professor Paul Krasnovsky and accompanied by faculty organist Marko Petricic, with student soloists Abigail House, Natalie Covert and Elisabeth Kleinsmith;
  • Schola chamber vocal ensemble;
  • Women’s Chorus, accompanied by faculty pianist Gregory Martin;
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor Vu Nguyen;
  • Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor Austin Hartman and featuring faculty mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra;
  • and Handbell Choir, under the direction of instructor Peter Nichols, performing as a 30-minute prelude to the concert.

Admission is free for UIndy students, faculty and staff, $10 for the general public and $6 for seniors and non-UIndy students with ID. Reservations and more information are available at or (317) 788-3251.