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Celebration of Christmas 2016

Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti

November 18-20, 7 p.m., Brunner Main Stage Theatre, 3750 7th Ave.


Opera@Augustana will present this holiday opera that has delighted children and families for over sixty years, and tells the poignant tale of a poor boy and his widowed mother whose lives are changed forever by the unexpected arrival of three kings searching for the Christ child. 

Christmas at Augustana

This year, both performances will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave.


Three hundred student musicians will take the stage, featuring performances by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Ascension Ringers, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Augustana Concert Chorale and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble.

For those attending the 7 p.m. performance of Christmas at AugustanaDue to a large number of patrons expected for the performance and a men's basketball game, a shuttle service will run from the vacant lot located directly east of the football stadium at 5th Avenue and 39th Street to Centennial Hall. The shuttle will be available 6-7:15 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m.

WQAD Broadcast information

The filming of the 2 p.m. performance will be broadcast in the Quad Cities area on Christmas Eve at 9:30 a.m. on channel 8.3, on Christmas Day at 11:30 a.m. on channel 8 and available online at

A Christmas Messiah, by George Frideric Handel 

The 90-minute performance in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., will focus on the Christmas story, and there will be no intermission. A limited number of free tickets is available for junior and senior high students and their families, thanks to support from the Meredith Foundation.

Handel Oratorio Society 
Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra 
Jon Hurty, conductor

Mary Wilson, soprano
Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano
Dann Coakwell, tenor
Mark Walters, baritone

Performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.


Lessons and Carols

Thursday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ascension Chapel, 820 38th St.

Enjoy a beautiful spiritual presentation of lessons and carols within the intimate setting of Ascension Chapel. Augustana Chamber Singers, Ascension Ringers and Campus Ministries present the story of Christ's birth in readings and song. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, senior communication director, at 309-794-7833 or