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Ring in the Christmas season

Christmastime has arrived, as have the season’s songs, playing nonstop in department stores and restaurants throughout Chicago. If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough of “Winter Wonderland” or “Rudolph the Red Noised Reindeer,” you won’t want to miss Loyola’s upcoming holiday concerts.

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m., the University Orchestra and Choir will perform at the Christmas Chapel Concert in Madonna della Strada Chapel. On Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m., student musicians will perform holiday hits at the University’s annual Joyola! concert, taking place in Mundelein Auditorium.

At the Christmas Chapel Concert, student vocalists and musicians will share the stage and perform Christmas classics. Come listen to the most beautiful and peaceful music while reflecting on the reason for the season. The event is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation. To reserve your seat for this festive event, please click here. Additional donations can also be made online through the website. All proceeds collected from the night will go to “Harmony, Hope, and Healing,” a music program for underserved or homeless men, women, and children that allows for the expression of creativity and serves as a therapeutic activity.

Colin Holman, director of orchestral activities, says the ensemble’s musical selection will include two movements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet suite and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Also, toward the end of the concert, the orchestra and the choir will join with the audience for a sing-a-long.

For any Scrooges out there, Joyola! is another concert that will ignite your Christmas cheer. Wear the ugliest holiday sweater you can find and come out to sing along to popular and jazzy tunes like “The Christmas Song” and Richard Roger’s “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. This event is free to the public, but there is a $5 suggested donation that will benefit the Chicago-based “Harmony, Hope, and Healing” charity. To reserve your seat for this highly anticipated show, click here.

All members of the community are invited to attend and enjoy the musical talents of Loyola’s students.