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Davidson Kicks Off Holiday Season with Collaborative Gala

Holiday Gala
Performers filled the Duke Family Performance Hall’s Frasier Stage at last year’s inaugural college Holiday Gala.

Davidson College invites the public to its second annual Holiday Gala of music, dance and merriment on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2.

The Music Department will present this year's event in the Duke Family Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets range from $5 to $20 and may be purchased online or by phone at 704-894-2135.

Chris Gilliam, Director of Choral Activities and Gala Artistic Director, originally created the performance to bring the arts on campus together collaboratively, and to connect with the Davidson community.

Gilliam said the 75-minute family-friendly concert this year will feature a wide variety of choral, theatrical and dance groups, including the Young Voices of the Carolinas, Dance Davidson, Davidson Community Players and WDAV's Frank Dominiquez as narrator of the finale. The program will include both new and old holiday traditions such as a sing-along, handbells, scripted skits and other holiday favorites. The production will include around 140 Davidson College students as singers, musicians and actors.

Gilliam hopes that the Holiday Gala will introduce Davidson College's arts programs to the community in a lively, creative manner.

"We hope the Holiday Gala will make our community more aware of the high-quality fine arts programs at Davidson, and will encourage them to attend our other programs throughout the year, such as the Concert Series, faculty directed choral, orchestral and jazz ensemble concerts, and departmental student and faculty recitals."

Gilliam noted that the next opportunity to enjoy the college's musical offerings will be at the Nov. 24 production of Handel's Messiah. The community also is invited to attend the annual Vespers service at Davidson College Presbyterian Church on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Vespers features the Davidson College Chorale and String Ensemble in a service of lessons and traditional carols.

The Holiday Gala also serves as the unofficial opening of the town's "Christmas in Davidson" festivities on Dec. 4 - 6.

For more information about music department programs, call 704-894-2848.

(Charlotte Kaufman contributed to this article.)