The joy and magic of the holiday season comes alive each year during Stetson University School of Music’s four Christmas Candlelight Concerts. Tickets cost $40, and go on sale online at noon Wednesday, Oct. 27. There will be a $1 processing fee for tickets. The link to purchase tickets is https://www.stetson.edu/music/tickets.php?utm_source=christmas-candlelight-concert.
For more than 100 years, the School of Music’s jubilant choirs and musicians have been captivating audiences with their annual, breathtaking performances, which have evolved into an evening dedicated to inclusive, sacred music from various cultural and religious traditions celebrated during the holidays.
The 2021 Christmas Candlelight Concerts’ musical repertoire will focus on an inclusive and welcoming global lore, plus John Rutter’s arrangement of “Silent Night” sung by multiple choirs as they light candles and close the performance.
“The in-person 2021 Christmas Candlelight Concerts will feature School of Music students safely performing together,” said Timothy Peter, director of choral activities at Stetson. “Music is a wonderful tool for comfort, healing and promise, especially during these lonely months that have been experienced by many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The School of Music is looking forward to sharing the music of the holiday season with the community, families and friends.”
The 75-minute performances will showcase more than 175 student musicians from the Stetson University Concert Choir, Hatter Choir and Stetson Chorale, and members of the Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Band.
The four Christmas Candlelight Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 2, and at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. This year, the concerts will be in the H. Douglas Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd.
All seating is general admission. Doors open 45 minutes before each performance. Masks and physical distancing are required.
The performances also will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the School of Music’s YouTube channel.