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Get in the holiday spirit with annual Christmas Carroll Eve concert

December 12th, 2013

As everyone is frantically running to different stores to buy last minute Christmas gifts  and cramming in last-minute studying before finals, the perfect way to de-stress before heading home is to take a break and soak up some JCU holiday spirit at Christmas Carroll Eve.

The event will take place in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center in the LSC Conference room at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Admission is free and groups including Schola Cantorum, Sweet Carrollines, Jazz Band and Dance Ensemble will be performing. The concert will be followed by Mass at Gesu and then the feast in the Schott Dining Hall.

Cynthia Caporella, director of liturgical music and musical arts, said how she is excited to see how the concert turns out this year, due to a few improvements.

Last year the event was hosted in Dolan Center for Science and Technology and in Kulas Auditorium. However, this year it will take place in the LSC room in the Student Center. The concert will also be one hour long, without an intermission this year. The concert will then be directly followed by Mass.

Caporella said she hopes that this change of venue will bring in more students, and provide a warmer and more welcoming atmosphere. After the concert, there will also be a candlelight vigil walk to Gesu, followed by the annual feast in Schott dining hall.

“I would have to say that the concert is my favorite, but I might be a little biased,” said Caporella. “The mass at Gesu is always beautiful, too. I just think that the concert is a great way to get every one at school in the Christmas spirit. It is a time that everyone comes together.”

The different groups will be performing a selection of different songs from the classics to newer and altered versions. There will be different featured soloists among the groups and Sweet Carrollines and Schola Cantorum will be singing classics such as “Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night.”

Senior Ijaza Saadat, a member of Sweet Carrollines, said she is ecstatic for Christmas Carroll Eve.

“I love being able to perform on stage, but by far the best part is that everyone is together for the concert,” Saadat said. “I think it really spreads the holiday spirit, and helps bring everyone together one last time before we all leave for the holidays.”

Christmas Carroll Eve is a special event that only occurs on campus once a year.  Junior Brianna Lazarchik, a member of Schola Cantorum, said Christmas Carroll Eve is a special event on campus because it includes everyone, not just the students.

“Christmas Carroll Eve is our biggest performance of the fall semester and what we spend most of the semester anticipating and preparing for,” Lazarchik said. “The fact that this concert brings together many of the performing groups on campus makes it very special and unique. There aren’t really any other events on campus that bring together such a variety of groups and it is therefore vital to Christmas spirit on campus.”