Campus Events Offer Much Christmas Cheer

Campus Events Offer Much Christmas Cheer

In addition to "A Dancer's Christmas", during the next few weeks members of the University community will be able to attend several music and dance performances celebrating the holiday season.

Danny Doyle will be a featured performer at this Sunday's Gaelic Roots Christmas Concert.

At 5 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 1, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will oversee the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at O'Neill Plaza, an event that includes carols and other seasonal songs. Approximately 2,750 lights are hung on the 80-foot tree, and it takes a 110-foot hydraulic lift for workers to decorate the tree from the top.

Legend has it that in past years the University president used a symbolic, non-functioning control box for the lighting ceremony; an off-stage electrician would actually throw the switch at the appropriate time. A few years ago, BC technicians fashioned a hand-held remote control device that activates the lights. As one administrator notes, however, "it's probably nicer to say it's just magic."

A more recent Boston College tradition, the Gaelic Roots Christmas Concert, will take place this Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in Gasson 100. Sponsored by the Irish Studies Program, this year's concert features popular Irish singer Danny Doyle, as well as master fiddler Seamus Connolly, the director of Irish Studies music programs, and BC student musicians and dancers. Irish Studies part-time faculty members Laurel Martin and Jimmy Noonan also will perform. For information, call ext.2-0490.

The University Chorale and Boston College Symphony Orchestra will present their 15th annual Christmas concert in Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. the following day. Tickets for the concert are $12, $5 with a BC student ID. For information, call ext.2-4306.

On Dec. 10, the Boston College Concert Band gives its Christmas show at 3 p.m. in Gasson 100.

The "Music at St. Mary's" series will present a concert of lessons and carols on Dec. 12 by St. Paul's Archdiocesan Choir School at 7:30 p.m. in St Mary's Chapel. For more information, call ext.2-4843.


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