The University of St. Francis Department of Music and Performing Arts will present its 21st annual Christmas concert, “Glad Tidings: Christmas at the Motherhouse,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Both performances will take place in the university’s quaint St. Joseph Chapel, located in the Motherhouse at 520 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, Ill.
The USF Schola Cantorum, directed by Patrick Brannon (Chicago), will perform with the Concert Chorale, under the direction of Willard Thomen (Joliet), and the Singing Saints, under the direction of Robert Stumpf (Chicago). Schola Cantorum was founded in 1992 and celebrates its 20th anniversary during this 2012-13 concert season. A special alumni gathering will be hosted after the Saturday performance.
“Glad Tidings: Christmas at the Motherhouse” will feature a variety of traditional carols and choral music for Christmas, including Gregorian chant and works by Samuel Scheidt, J. S. Bach, Giovanni Gabrieli, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leroy Anderson, Harry Simeon, Carl Shalk, Healey Willen, Gilbert Martin, John Rutter, Jeffrey Van and Eric Whitacre.
Tickets for “Glad Tidings: Christmas at the Motherhouse” are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), USF alumni, and non-USF students. There is complimentary admission for USF faculty, staff and students with ID. Parking will be available directly in front of the Motherhouse, across Taylor Street, or at any other campus parking lots (a short walk across the quad may be required). For ticket information or reservations please call (800) 735-7500.