JJC’s Carols and Chocolate to Delight Audience on Dec. 8

Joliet Junior College invites everyone to the college’s annual holiday concert tradition “Carols and Chocolate,” performed by the JJC Chorale, in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. After the concert guests are invited to enjoy a buffet table of chocolates provided by local businesses and members of the 40-voice chorale. “Carols and Chocolate” has been a tradition at JJC for the past 12 years.

The JJC Chorale is pictured in 2011 at Carols and Chocolate.

JJC Chorale director and conductor Philip Spencer said audience members should expect a variety of music at the concert. The major work, “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, will feature guest harpist Nicole Luchs, a music faculty member at North Central College in Naperville.

“2013 is the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth and musical ensembles around the world are observing it with special performances of his works,” Spencer said. “JJC’s performance will be unforgettable. You won’t want to miss it.”

Other songs on the program will include “We Are Lights (The Chanukah Song),” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy.”

Several of these numbers will feature student soloists and instrumentalists.

A plate from the chocolate buffet is pictured in 2011.

Near the end of the performance the audience will be invited to participate in Spencer’s piano rendition of “A Jazzy Carol Sing-Along.”

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $2 for JJC students. Guests can purchase tickets at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office one hour prior to the concert.

For more information about “Carols and Chocolate,” or about the JJC Chorale, call 815-280-2225, or email pspencer@jjc.edu or visit http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/arts-sciences/fine-arts/music/Pages/chorale.aspx.

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