The Catholic University of America

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WHAT:

CUA and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Present 20th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity

WHEN:

7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5

WHERE:




Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Great Upper Church
400 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.
Brookland/CUA Metrorail Station

DETAILS:










The 20th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity will feature performances by the CUA Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the Basilica. CUA's musicians will be led by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music, and David Searle, director of orchestral activities and conducting studies. The Choir of the Basilica will be under the direction of Peter Latona, director of music at the Basilica.

CUA musicians will perform the première of Resonet in laudibus by Ryan Keebaugh, doctoral student in music composition, along with music of Giovanni Gabrieli, Daniel Pinkham, Hector Berlioz, Georg Frideric Handel and Morten Lauridsen.

Other selections include the first performance of Nestor's I Sing of a Maiden and carol settings by Gustav Holst, John Gardner and David Willcocks. The audience will join the chorus, orchestra and the great organs of the Basilica in singing beloved carols.

The Basilica will present a carillon recital beginning at 7 p.m.; the Christmas Concert for Charity will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public; a freewill collection will be taken up during the event, which in previous years has drawn a standing-room-only crowd. This year's concert will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate the Jeanne Jugan Residence for the elderly poor in Washington, D.C.

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

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