Special Events Celebrate the Holiday Season

Kyauna Bradley

Kyauna Bradley '17 lights Kwanzaa candles during the "Light the Night" event in 2015.

Nov. 21, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, Illinois Wesleyan University will present several events including the annual Christmas Choral Concert, a Kwanzaa Dinner and the popular “Light the Night” celebration.

The Black Student Union will kick off the holiday season with a Kwanzaa Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Center Turfler Room. The event celebrates “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Celebrating religions and traditions from around the world, the fifth annual “Light the Night” event will be held for the Illinois Wesleyan campus and the Bloomington-Normal community on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Evelyn Chapel. Registered student organizations Titan Catholic, IWU Hillel, Secular Student Alliance, Spanish and Latino Student Association, South Asian Student Association, Pagan Student Association, Chinese Cultural Communication Club, IWU Interfaith, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Death, Resurrection, Life (DRL) will share stories, songs, and beliefs in a multicultural celebration of the season of light.

Crystal and Jake
Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez '18 and Jake Thaker '17 light candles at the 2015 "Light the Night" celebration.

Performances will be provided by the musical groups Touch of Class, Silence Interrupted, Suspended, and Unlicensed Syncopation, as well as a special performance of "Light" from the award-winning musical Next to Normal. Following the performance, global holiday foods will be served in the Ames School of Art Building Atrium.

The community is invited to join Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Music  for an afternoon of choral music on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church (704 N. Main St., Bloomington).

The annual Christmas Choral Concert will feature performances from the Collegiate Choir and the University Choir, conducted by Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, J. Scott Ferguson. Visiting Instructor of Music Education Andrew Dahan will conduct the vocal jazz ensemble Friday’s at Noon. Special guests are the Metea High School Valley Chamber Choir from Aurora, Ill., conducted by Nathan Bramstedt. The program will include works by Busto, Fulton, Gretchaninoff, Hassler, Howells, Lawson, Poulenc, Tavener, Stopford, Willan, and others. Suggested donations for the performance are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and IWU alumni, and $2 for high school and college students.

By Vi Kakares ’20