Dear Friends,                                                                                                                December,  2001

        This is the 14th annual list of local seasonal events. A very full list of such activities is published each Thursday in the Calendar section of the BOSTON GLOBE. There you will find, for example, details about such popular events as THE NUTCRACKER, BLACK NATIVITY, performances of the MESSIAH, etc., which I cannot list here. All events occur in December, except two not listed below: the tree lightings at Faneuil Hall and at Filenes in Downtown Crossing; the former is the Saturday before (Nov. 17) and the latter is the Friday after (Nov. 23) Thanksgiving, both in the late afternoon.

        The Service of LESSONS AND CAROLS on Tues., Dec. 11th, at St. Mary's Chapel features scriptural readings in a variety of languages and the famous Boys' Choir of St. Paul's Church in Cambridge. Note also our own A DANCER'S CHRISTMAS, now in its 21st year and a popular Boston tradition.

        Finally, my favorite events: the annual MESSIAH and the CANDLELIGHT CAROLS at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Dates and times are listed below; both are free. Early arrival is essential -- an hour before the concert is strongly recommended for all of these events at Trinity Church. Fortunately the CANDLELIGHT CAROLS (one performance on Saturday, two on Sunday) takes place this year while you are still here taking exams; most years students have already gone home, so take advantage of the unique opportunity this year.  These are splendid celebrations of music in the setting of Trinity Church, one of the architectural splendors in America.  Only the Advent and Christmas sections of THE MESSIAH are done. This concert will conclude at about 8:15; it begins at 6:30 with organ and orchestra preludes. A collection is taken up during the concert. To get a decent seat you should be there by 5:30.

Fr. Howard, S.J.
ON CAMPUS events in December, 2001
Day & Date Time Place Event Phone # (if tickets nec.)
Thurs. - Sat.
11/29-30, 12/1
8:00 Robsham B.C. Dance Ensemble 552-4800
Sat., 1 2:00 Gasson 100 Music Performances by Students
Sun., 2 3:00 Gasson 100 Music Performances by Students
Tues., 4 4:15 Gasson 100 Viola and Piano Music ("Music at Teatime" series)
Fri., 7 5:30 O'Neill Plaza Campus Tree Lighting
Fri., 7 7:00 O'Connell House Breaking the Barriers Ball (with BC music groups) 552-4994
Fri., 7 8:00 O'Connell House Voices of Imani - Gospel Choir Concert
Sat., 8 8:00  Newton Chapel  BC Chorale and BC Orchestra Christmas Concert 552-4306
Sun., 9 2:00
Sun., 9 8:00 Gasson 100 B.C. Concert Band Concert
Mon., 10 9-1 Park Plaza Hotel Freshman Dance (Snowball)            $25/30 552-4994
Tues., 11 7:30 St. Mary's Chapel Service of Lessons and Carols (multi-lingual)
T-W, 11-12 Study Days (Exams Thurs., 13 - Thurs., 20)
Fri., 14 8:00 Robsham A Dancer's Christmas 552-4800
Sat., 15 8:00
Sun., 16 2:00
Fri., 21  8:00  Robsham A Dancer's Christmas 552-4800
Sat., 22 2 & 8
"                   (2 pm for children) 
Sun., 23 2:00

OFF CAMPUS events in December, 2001
Thurs., 11/29  5:00 Copley Square Tree Lighting 
Sat., 1  5:00 Prudential Center Tree Lighting (Boylston St. side)-30th annual
Sun., 2  5:00 Boston Common Tree Lighting (near Park St. Station)-61st annual
Sun., 9***  6:30 Trinity Church
(Copley Square)
Handel's Messiah (part one)
(Advent & Christmas Sections)
Sat., 15***  3:30 Trinity Church
(Copley Square)
Candlelight Carols  free /donation
Sun.,16***  3:30
Candlelight Carols
Sun., 16***  6:30
Candlelight Carols

***early arrival essential for these events at Trinity Church (at least one hour before)