IWU Celebrates the Holiday Season with Special Events

Nov. 29, 2017

Light the Night

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.

Light the Night

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.

By Vi Kakares '20