Virginia Glee Club Offers 69th Annual Christmas Concerts

November 30, 2009

November 24, 2009 — The Virginia Glee Club celebrates the season of giving with its 69th Annual Christmas Concerts.

The first performance will be held Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for senior citizens, $5 for students), and can be purchased at Arts Box Office in the Drama Building, at a table on the lower Lawn, online at www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu, by phone at 434-924-3376 or at the door.

Charlottesville's Paramount Theater will host the second performance Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 ($15 for senior citizens and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the Paramount or online at www.theparamount.net.

Both evenings will showcase timeless classics and a few novel pieces. The evening will include the voices of the audience in several carols.

The concert also will feature the return of Franz Biebl's perennial favorite, "Ave Maria," as well as special guests, the Virginia Gentlemen.

The Virginia Glee Club, founded in 1871, is the oldest musical organization at the University. The members, primarily undergraduate students, come from every school at the University.

The glee club has long been recognized as a leader among American men's choruses, performing a variety of sacred and secular music in the classical tradition. The group performed for former President Clinton at the national celebration of Thomas Jefferson's 250th birthday and has also been heard on broadcasts of NBC's "Today," National Public Radio's "Performance Today," Virginia Public Radio and the Voice of America.

The group has toured both domestically and abroad. Recent collaborations have also included Poulenc's "Gloria," with the Chatham College Choir; Mozart's "Requiem," with the Smith College Glee Club and the Holyoke College Glee Club; and Franz Joseph Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass," with the Wellesley College Choir.

The group plans another tour this spring with stops including Boston, Philadelphia and New York.

For information, visit www.virginiagleeclub.org.