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University announces holiday events

The University of South Carolina invites the public to celebrate the holidays through its annual tree lighting, choral concert, donation drive and holiday card exhibit.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony celebrates the university’s commitment to serving others. In its 55th year, the ceremony will take place on the historic Horseshoe Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Conner at or by phone at 504-258-5357.

The School of Music Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt, will present two Christmas concerts: Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church and Dec. 6, 6 p.m., at Shandon United Methodist Church. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Both concerts will feature works by Palestrina, Mendelssohn, Parry, Rootham, Chilcott, Danner, Higdon, Wilberg and Woo, as well as USC International Choral Composition Contest winners Justin Merritt and Daniel Pinkston.

Also directed by Wyatt is Colla Voce, a community chamber ensemble of professional musicians that began in spring 2001. The concert will take place Dec. 8 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. They will perform “Christmas Traditions,” a holiday program consisting of music representing a number of countries and spanning several centuries. Wyatt will be accompanied by Ann Wilson, with Mark Husey as guest organist. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door and from members in advance.

Throughout the month of November, students, faculty and staff are invited to donate gifts to the Carolina Cares Holiday Donation Drive to help less fortunate families in Columbia. The goal is to fill more than 1,400 stockings for children. Stockings, provided by the Salvation Army, are available in the Campus Life Center, Russell House Suite 227, and must be returned – filled with small, age-appropriate gifts – by Nov. 30.

Carolina Cares also includes an Adopt-A-Family program in coordination with the Nurturing Center. To participate, contact Kathye Holder, volunteer coordinator at 803-771-4160 or at

The 2009 card exhibit, “Christmas on the Potomac,” will be on display at the Thomas Cooper Library, outside the East Gallery, Dec. 1 through Jan. 15. It will feature Christmas cards received by Congressman Joe Wilson from members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and businesses and organizations within and outside his district. The exhibit will also include President and Mrs. Pastides’ 2008 card and, if available, cards from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/23/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/23/09 @ 5:06 PM | Permalink

University holiday events

  • Tree lighting: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, on the Horseshoe
  • Concerts: Concert choir to perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at First Presbyterian Church and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Shandon United Methodist Church
  • Colla Voce: Community chamber ensemble to perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church
  • Carolina Cares: Stockings available at Russell House Suite 227 and should be returned there, filled with age-appropriate gifts for less fortunate, by Nov. 30
  • 'Christmas on the Potomac': Christmas Card exhibit at Thomas Cooper Library open Dec. 1 through Jan. 15

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