The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

WHAT:

CUA and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Present 21st Annual Christmas Concert for Charity

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4

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 21st Annual Christmas Concert for Charity will feature performances by the Catholic University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 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.

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 Consortium of Catholic Academies, a group of four inner-city Catholic schools dedicated to serving children and families in some of the neediest neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

The audience will be invited to join the chorus, orchestra and the great organs of the Basilica in singing beloved carols.

Robert Grogan, lecturer and faculty adviser on organ, will present a carillon recital beginning at 7 p.m.; the Christmas Concert for Charity will begin at 7:30 p.m.

CUA musicians will première a work by Stephen Gorbos, assistant professor of composition and theory, as well as perform the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Juan García de Zéspedes, George Frideric Handel and Flor Peeters.

The concert will feature orchestrations by Richard Miller, lecturer in music theory and guitar, and Steven Allen and Sarah Horick, doctoral candidates in composition.

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

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

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