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WHAT:

CUA and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Present 18th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity
WHEN:

7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1

WHERE:




Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Upper Church
400 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

DETAILS:















The 18th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity will feature performances by the CUA Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Leo Nestor. The Basilica Choir, under the direction of Peter Latona, also will perform.

Works will include carols and Christmas selections by Handel, Kodály, Mozart and Conrad Susa in addition to original compositions by Nestor and CUA graduate student Roberto Abel Martínez, who has composed a fanfare, "Hodie Christus natus est," to open the evening.

The concert is free and open to the public; a freewill collection will be taken up during the performance. This year's concert will benefit the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Community Services. The center provides medical and dental care as well as social, employment and educational services for nearly 38,000 people, mostly new immigrants, in the D.C. metropolitan area.

For more information about the concert, call 202-526-8300 or visit www.nationalshrine.com.

SPONSOR:


Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Catholic University of America

MEDIA:


Reporters interested in covering the event must contact Chris Harrison in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or Jacquelyn Hayes at the Basilica at 202-281-0615.

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