Nicholls choir, Chamber Singers to host holiday events

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Music Department is getting in the holiday spirit with two Christmas-themed recitals next week.

Up first, is the traditional candlelight Christmas concert performed by the Nicholls Concert Choir. Titled “A Joyful Christmas!,” the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec 6, in the newly renovated Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The choir will tell the traditional Christmas story through familiar and fresh arrangements of classics like “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “We Three Kings,” “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Away in a Manger” and more.

Also on the program are songs and carols arranged and performed by James Rodrigue, a Nicholls vocal education major; Masson LeMieux, guitar professor; Emma Prejean, instrumental music education major; João F. Fraga, violin major; and music fraternities, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota.

The following Friday, Dec 9, the Nicholls Chamber Singers will host their Christmas Dinner Series.

A Nicholls tradition since 1985, the event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom located in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s theme, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” plays at the nostalgia of waking up on Christmas morning as kids. The Chamber Singers have selected some of their favorite songs to perform, ranging from Fred Waring’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You, Santa Claus.” The performances will also include more Christmas jazz and arrangements made famous in the movies “The Polar Express” and “Home Alone 2.”

A multi-course meal will also be provided and Santa will stop by to visit with kids.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required and must be made by Monday, Dec 5 by calling 985-448-4600, by emailing kellie.gaspard@www.nicholls.edu or in person at 241 Talbot Hall.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 2, 2016

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@www.nicholls.edu

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