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UVa's Family Holiday Concerts offer carols and camaraderie

Don’t forget to take some time out from shopping, scrambling and planning to sneak in a local seasonal tradition.

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVa University Singers will present their annual Family Holiday Concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Michael Slon, director of UVa University singers and music director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, will conduct.

The program will include “Carol of the Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells,” excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker” and “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, a UVa voice instructor, will be there to perform “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Where Are You Christmas?” from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The University Singers will perform some a cappella pieces, including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jenifer Higdon’s “O magnum mysterium.”

An annual highlight is “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which provides plenty of opportunities for audience participation.

Tickets range from $48 to $11, Student tickets are $11, and UVa students who reserve their seat in advance get in for free.

Get tickets in person from the UVa Arts Box Office in the UVa Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road; don’t forget that a parking deck is right next door. They also can be purchased online at or by dialing (434) 924-3376.


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