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.
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.