More than 100 Seton Hall students and members of the University community will perform at the annual Winter Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) as part of Christmas at the Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Department of Music, the concert will feature the Seton Hall University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Concert Band under the direction of Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities Jason C. Tramm, Ph.D., and Professor Charles Yassky, both of the College of Communication and the Arts.

“The Winter Holiday Concert is a celebration of our Music Department here at Seton Hall,” said Tramm. “It is so important that we regularly perform at venues outside of the college so that we can be part of University and local community activities. We encourage community members to celebrate this joyous occasion with us.”

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The program includes selections from around the world sung in five languages: English, Latin, Hebrew, Turkish and Nigerian. Pieces include: Leonard Bernstein's “Chichester Psalms”; Adnan Saygun's rarely performed “Yunus Emre Oratorio”; Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria”; Donald Fraser’s “This Christmastide”; Pablo Chesnokov’s “Salvation is Created”; and Nigerian Christmas song “Betelehemu”.

“Music is a gift that we give,” said Tramm. “Creating beauty is very special to us, so we try to implement this in our concerts during the Christmas season. It is my hope that members of the community will come out and support the University Chorus and share in this gift.”

Gabriella Markey, of Toms River, N.J., is a senior music major and soprano section leader who will be performing a solo at the concert. “I have been performing since I was a little girl. It may sound silly, but the stage feels like home to me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to perform at the Winter Holiday Concert.”

The concert is free and open to the public, but it is strongly recommended that people reserve their tickets in advance since the concert has been filled to capacity in previous years. Seats can be reserved by calling the SOPAC box office at (973) 313-2787 or visiting http://www.sopacnow.org/seton-hall-university-winter-holiday-concert/.

The Seton Hall University Chorus will also perform at the following Christmas at the Hall events:  

  • School of Law’s Night of Lights on Monday, November 30, at 4:30 p.m., at the School of Law’s Atrium at 1109 Raymond Blvd. in Newark
  • Seton Hall’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 1, at 5:45 p.m., on the University Green at 400 South Orange Ave. in South Orange
  • Seton Hall’s Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 11, at 5 p.m., at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at 400 South Orange Ave. in South Orange

For more information about the Seton Hall University Chorus’ Christmas at the Hall performances please visit www.shu.edu/christmas or contact Jason Tramm at jason.tramm@shu.edu