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December 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
One event on December 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm
One event on December 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm
SOLD OUT! All performances this weekend are sold out. Additional tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door.
Ticket Holder Information
Tickets: All guests must stop at the ticket table outside of the Murphy Memorial Library in Jackson Hall for entry to the event. Please present your ticket at the door for admission:
- If you purchased tickets online prior to the event, please bring your confirmation email (printed or on a smartphone) to the door. This will serve as your ticket.
- If you purchased tickets with cash, please bring your physical ticket to the performance.
Concerts are sold out. Additional tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door.
Masks: While you are inside Murphy Memorial Library, masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times regardless of age or vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation as we seek to care for our performers and guests.
Event Location & Parking: The Christmas Concert will take place on the second floor of Jackson Hall in the Murphy Memorial Library. When you arrive on campus, please follow the event parking signs toward the Circle Parking Lot and Underground Café Parking Lot. If you require handicap accessibility for parking, marked parking spaces will be available in the Circle Lot by Jackson Hall.
Clarks Summit University’s Christmas Concerts will be held on December 10 at 7 p.m. and December 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in CSU’s architecturally and acoustically stunning Murphy Memorial Library located in Jackson Hall on campus in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Tickets can be purchased here.
From traditional carols to Christmas jazz, this concert encompasses everything “Christmas.” Listen to pieces from Clarks Summit University’s choir, jazz group and solo projects on a night of beautiful music in the historic Murphy Memorial Library on CSU’s campus.
CSU Christmas Concerts 2021
After a year-long hiatus, concerts have returned to Clarks Summit University. On December 10 and 11, students will showcase the season’s sounds that bring everyone together.
Betsy Jansma, both a member of CSU’s choir and the school’s jazz group, hints at the significance of this year’s performances, stating, “I forgot how much I missed being a part of choir until our first rehearsal. When I heard the four-part harmony, I immediately felt like I was back ‘home.’” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, concerts were cancelled in 2020. This year, students are motivated to perform. Jansma says, “This year, I am especially excited for the piece, ‘Lully, Lulla, Lullay.’ This is one of the more difficult arrangements we will be performing, but perhaps the most beautiful.” This a cappella piece portrays a hauntingly beautiful rendition of events preceding Jesus’ birth.
Jansma is also participating in her first year of jazz. They are working on multiple classic holiday arrangements, like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” with a focus of improvisation that makes the pieces engaging and playful. “I think what I am enjoying the most is that with jazz, you have much more freedom to play with the arrangement,” says Jansma.
This year’s concert reflects a celebration of Christmas. All pieces—choral and solo, sacred and secular—have profound holiday spirit. According to the head of CSU’s Department of Music, Dr. Adam Schwamb, “music is so intrinsically part of the Christmas season. To not have it is like not having a white Christmas.” Schwamb is simply excited to experience a “gorgeous moment of pure Christmasness that comes from sharing pieces so much greater than oneself.”
For the safety of both performers and community, masks are required to enter the concert. Get tickets here.
by Kevin Waldron, Communications-Writing major