IWU Celebrates the Holiday Season with Special Events
Nov. 29, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Special events including the annual Christmas Choral Concert, a
Kwanzaa Dinner, and the popular Light the Night celebration, will make spirits at
Illinois Wesleyan University even brighter this holiday season.
Celebrating family and community from African American and pan-African traditions,
the Black Student Union (BSU) and African Association will kick off the holiday season
with the Thursday, Nov. 30 Kwanzaa Dinner. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in
the Memorial Center’s Turfler Room.
On Thursday, Dec. 7 Illinois Wesleyan will continue its tradition of celebrating religions
and cultures from around the world with the sixth annual Light the Night event at
7 p.m. in Evelyn Chapel, which is free and open to the public. The event will feature
a variety of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) that will share their worldviews
and traditions through song, stories, dance and student reflection, in a multicultural
celebration of the season of light. The RSOs include: BSU, Death Resurrection Life,
IWU Interfaith, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Jewish Student Association, Muslim
Student Association, Secular Student Association, South Asian Student Association,
Spanish and Latino Student Association, and Titan Catholic.
Performances will also be provided by the musical groups Touch of Class, Silence Interrupted,
Suspended, and Unlicensed Syncopation. Following the performance, a reception featuring
global holiday foods will take place in the Joslin Atrium.
The community is invited to join Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Music for an afternoon of choral music on Sunday, Dec. 10 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 Lab Ensemble and vocal jazz group, Unlicensed Syncopation.
Special guests include the Palatine Children's Chorus from Palatine, Illinois, conducted
by Rachel Rosellini. The program will include works by Brahms, Bullard, Gjeilo, Lawson,
Poulenc, Tavener, Sweelinck and others. Suggested donations for the Christmas Choral
Concert performance are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and IWU alumni, and
$2 for high school and college students.
For additional information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.