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Annual show usually sells out; patrons urged to order tickets early

November  25, 2013

As part of its Celebration of Christmas, Augustana College will present its sixth-annual performances of Christmas at Augustana at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). Tickets are $20 for the public, $16 for senior citizens and $10 for students and Augustana faculty/staff.

Christmas at Augustana has delighted audiences in sold-out performances of Christmas classics and commissioned pieces. With music presented by the Ascension Ringers, Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra and Wennerberg Men's Chorus, the concert offers something for everyone.

The concert will end with Mack Wilberg's arrangement of Joy to the World for combined choirs and orchestra.

"Christmas at Augustana is a time when students from all areas of study can express their joy for the Holiday season through music. Together we hope to bring happiness and joy to all who can hear and watch us, no matter how young or old." said violinist and tenor Mark Sieber '15, a music and political science major from Geneva, Ill.

Trumpeter Dena Baity '16, a music education major and from New Lenox, Ill. said "Christmas at Augustana is a wonderful celebration of the holiday season. Many families, including my own, make it a tradition to come celebrate with us, and I think that's really what makes it so special."

Christmas at Augustana is one event in a series of performances planned for the Christmas season. See below for a list of the remaining performances of the celebration.

A Christmas Messiah, selections from Handel's Messiah, featuring the Handel Oratorio Society and Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra, Jon Hurty, conductor; soloists: Michelle Areyzaga, soprano; Lauren McNeese, mezzo-soprano; Eric Ashcraft, tenor; Liam Moran, bass.

8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, Centennial Hall

Tickets: $20 public, $16 senior citizens, $10 students and Augustana faculty/staff. Complimentary tickets are available for junior high and high school students and their families through the support of the Meredith Foundation.

Lessons and Carols, featuring the Augustana Chamber Singers.

4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall,  (820 38th St.)

Free and open to the public

Tickets for all of the college's Celebration of Christmas events, including Christmas at Augustana and Messiah, are available through the Augustana Ticket Office at www.augustana.edu/tickets or by calling (309) 794-7306.

Lauren Reid
Manager, Performance Tours and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7323
laurenreid@augustana.edu