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DeSales University to Present Annual Gaudeamus Christmas Concert

by Roseann Damico-Schatkowski | Dec 01, 2015

Gaudeamus at DeSales

Gaudeamus at DeSales 

The DeSales University Division of Performing Arts is pleased to announce the annual Gaudeamus Concert to be presented at 8 PM on Sunday, December 6, Monday, December 7, Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12, in the Connelly Chapel on the campus of DeSales University. Tickets are $5 for regular admission and $3 for students and seniors.

“DeSales University has always produced very fine choral ensembles.  And under Ben Durham’s leadership, student membership has grown and the quality of the ensembles is outstanding,” says John Bell, head of the division of performing arts. “We take great pride in the fact that these students come from a real cross section of the campus population: students majoring in chemistry, political science, nursing, business, etc. It’s a real treat to see how these talented students devote themselves to the discipline and focus required for really high-quality choral performance.”

Under the direction of J. Bennett Durham, this special holiday concert features the University Chorale and the Schola Cantorum, chamber choir. “This year’s program includes choral classics accompanied by a string quintet, along with heartening arrangements of familiar carols and a handful of rousing spirituals,” says Durham. “The lush warmth of the string instruments will also enrich our singing of some favorite traditional Christmas hymns. I hope the evening brings a measure of comfort and joy to the campus and community.”

“Ben Durham programs a wonderful mix of sacred music and readings to help us reflect on the true meaning of the season, but he also sprinkles in a sampling of holiday favorites to rouse the Christmas spirit in us all,” adds Bell.

Seating is limited in the Connelly Chapel and, because of the usually high demand; tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. To order tickets, please call the Labuda Box Office at 610-282-3192 or order online at

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