Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music presents the long running tradition “Celebrate Christmas.” The performance takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church, located at 393 N. Lake Avenue, in Pasadena.

The program features multiple vocal and instrumental ensembles and over 200 students from the School of Music performing compositions from historical to contemporary, as well as sacred and traditional favorites. There will be performances by Bel Canto Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, University Choir, Gospel Choir, East End Vocal Jazz, Jazz Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra.

“APU's School of Music is excited to perform the 39th annual Celebrate Christmas concert,” said Kristi Hawkins, director of external engagement in the College of the Arts. “Join us as we ring in the Christmas season with more than 150 musicians, sharing inspiring melodies celebrating Christ’s birth. This year’s concert will feature captivating guest performances by APU alumni.”

Alumni are invited to join current students in a mass choir, singing both new songs and classic favorites in an epic finale to the concert. High school students are also invited to a preview on Friday, Dec. 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to hear from industry professionals about creating a music career. High school educators are encouraged to reserve seats for the event.

Purchase tickets online or at the Felix Event Center Box Office, located on West Campus, at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. For more information, call (626) 815-5494. The concert is highly coveted and will most likely sell out. Buying tickets in advance is strongly advised.

At APU, students flourish in an environment that supports musical excellence and artistic integrity firmly grounded in Christian faith. APU music students experience a unique blend of academic rigor, experiential learning, and personal support that sets them apart. APU's School of Music programs have been recognized among the nation’s Top 30 Master’s in Music Programs by Best Value Schools and 10 Best Music Schools in California by Music School Central. Additionally, ranked the MA in Music Entrepreneurship among the nation’s Best Master’s in Entrepreneurship Degree Programs.

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