The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts on Friday, December 6, at 8:00pm and Saturday, December 7 at 3:30pm. Michael Slon, director of UVA's premiere vocal ensemble and music director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, will conduct the performances at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.
Through the years, these concerts have become an eagerly awaited holiday tradition. This year’s program is brimming with festive favorites for concertgoers young and old: Carol of the Bells, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from “Meet Me in St. Louis,” John Williams’ Song for World Peace, Jingle Bells, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah and more.
Greek-American soprano Sharin Apostolou will perform Let the Bright Seraphim from Handel’s oratorio, “Samson,” and The Christmas Waltz. A fan favorite with Charlottesville Opera audiences for the past five seasons – Guinevere in Camelot, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady – Apostolou specializes nationally and internationally in Baroque and early music, contemporary opera and the repertoire of the American Musical Theater.
Sponsorship support of the Family Holiday Concerts is provided by the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.
Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street South. The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops at McCormick Road near the UVA Amphitheater, in close proximity to Old Cabell Hall. The venue is wheelchair accessible.