Tickets Available for University of Dubuque’s Christmas at Heritage Center

Nov 2, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque will present its fifth annual Christmas at Heritage Center on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. This year’s celebration, titled A Little Child, God Before Time, will take place in John and Alice Butler Hall.

WHAT:            University of Dubuque’s Christmas at Heritage Center

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

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

TICKETS:        $15 adults; $13 UD alumni and military; $7 students

Christmas at Heritage Center will feature the talents of the UD Concert Choir, directed by Charles Barland, professor of music and head of the Fine and Performing Arts Department; the UD Wind Ensemble, conducted by Benjamen Blasko, director of instrumental music and assistant professor of music; and the UD Chamber Singers, directed by Kristen Eby, adjunct music faculty.

Joining the UD ensembles on stage will be the Madison Area Concert Handbell Ensemble. Support for the guest handbell ensemble appearance is provided by the Sheppley Foundation.

Featured narrators will be Thomas Robbins, executive director of Heritage Center; Annalee Ward, director of the Wendt Character Initiative; Brian Hallstoos, associate professor of history; Kevin Cattani, director of sports marketing and associate professor of health, wellness and sport; Sean Benson, professor of English; and Elizabeth Swan (C’17), graduate student in the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program.

Titled A Little Child, God Before Time, the concert will follow the Christmas narrative “Kontakia of Romanos, Byzantine Melodist I: On the Person of Christ,” translated and annotated by Marjorie Carpenter. The narrative correlates with choral texts and instrumental pieces chosen to tell the story of Christ’s birth in a seamless performance. Selections will include new arrangements of holiday favorites such as “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy live bell choir music in the lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m. A light reception will follow the performance with background music provided by the UD Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for Christmas at Heritage Center can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at  Free tickets reserved in advance but still remaining at box office are subject to release 15 minutes prior to the performance.

In the case of inclement weather, the concert snow date is Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2:00 p.m.