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Aurora University Choirs prepare for annual Christmas Concert featuring David Shrader on pipe organ

Posted by on November 21, 2013

The annual Christmas Concert of the Aurora University Choirs will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Ill. The concert is free and open to the public.

Fifty-five students will participate in this year’s concert that will include performances by four ensembles: the University Chorale, Chamber Choir, Men’s Quartet and Flute Choir. David Schrader, artist-in-residence, will perform on the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ, Opus 119. Joshua Baum, assistant professor of music, will be a featured soloist, singing “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam. The concert will be under the direction of Lisa Fredenburgh, associate professor of music and director of choral activities.

“The music will be a good mix of familiar tunes and other songs that may be less familiar, but all of it meant to celebrate the season,” said Fredenburgh.  “There will be something interesting for everyone. Some songs are just fun, many will bring back special memories that people have connected with the Christmas season and some will cleanse the palate and show something new to think about and experience.”

Fredenburgh is very excited about the creativity of this year’s concert and looks forward to how it will be received. “This presentation will not flow like a normal concert,” she said. “We change positions and the audience involvement makes the event more interactive. Each year, people tell me that because of the concert, they are ready for the holiday season. I hope the same is true for everyone in attendance this year. It is a great way to get into a joyous mood as the many celebrations come our way in the month of December.”

To register for this event, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.


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