A Time-Honored Tradition: Ring in the Season at WCU’s 98th Annual Holiday Concert

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West Chester University invites the community to ring in the holidays with a festive celebration of music at its 98th Annual Holiday Concert.

The concert is on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 PM in the 1,200-seat Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in the Philips Memorial Building, located at 700 South High Street. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 610-436-2266.

A time-honored tradition for almost a century, the Holiday Concert features choral, orchestral, and jazz ensembles from the esteemed Wells School of Music in a 90-minute concert of holiday favorites, as well as selections that are inspired by the season. The repertoire includes music from the Home Alone movie series, as well as traditional Christmas and Hanukah songs performed by the WCU symphony orchestra, choirs, and the renowned Criterions jazz band.

For some, the highlight of the concert is hearing the 2019 Honors soloist sing the solemn and beautiful “O Holy Night.” This year’s soloist is Cassie Rumbough from Bloomsburg.

The Holiday Concert is just one of more than 300 programs presented annually by the Wells School of Music. Ryan Kelly, an Associate Professor at the Wells School of Music and the Associate Director of Choral Activities, directs the program, alongside multiple conductors.

“We invite everyone to join us on West Chester’s campus, and to make this jubilant and family-friendly concert a part of your holiday tradition,” he said.

Limited parking is available across and along the street just outside the Philips Memorial Building. Parking is also available in West Chester’s M Lot, just a short walk away. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged. To ease box office congestion, day-of sales are cash only.

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