VCU Holiday Gala – A Christmas Family Tradition

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Christmas is near and with it come all the traditions that draw us closer . Since Nathan Mills first began performing with the VCU Guitar Ensemble, we became regulars in attendance to their concerts. The VCU Holiday Gala is our favorite. It is a fun and whimsical display of many of the musical groups at VCU.

Professor John Patykula directs the classical guitar ensemble and it’s always a delight. The Holiday Gala begins with the guitarists.Blog - VCU Holiday Gala - John Patykula (2)Professor John Patykula, VCU Guitar EnsembleBlog - VCU Holiday Gala - Guitar Ensemble

Various instrumental ensembles and choral groups take the stage in this fast-paced evening.  With all the favorite musical pieces, twinkling lights, and colorfully clad student musicians, it is a feast for the eyes and ears – a sweet start to the Christmas season. We always sit as near to the front as possible, and every year, we are joined by others who do the same (some for every single year of the Gala).2014 December - VCU Music Holiday Gala 015 (2)Blog - VCU Holiday gala - orchestra musiciansBlog - VCU Holiday Gala - Santa Headband (2)

I would love to share video of the VCU Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, under the direction of Dr. Terry Austin – best performance ever. Since that’s not possible, you just have to come. For the moment enjoy the versions by the United States Marine Corps Orchestra and André Rieu ‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra. Until Friday night…

The Gala evening closes as we exit the concert hall to a lovely cake and punch reception. Here we have the opportunity to greet the professors and students and other guests who are here every year. It’s part of the magic, this afterglow of community.Blog - VCU Holiday Gala = Piano

As if all that wasn’t enough to make a perfect December evening, we drive slowly home via Monument Avenue to look at the stunning Christmas light displays. Happy, happy times.Blog - VCU Holiday gala - Monument Ave. - Phil RigganPhoto Credit: Phil Riggan

What are your family’s Christmas traditions? Would love you to share yours (via comments).

Holiday Gala

Friday, December 4, 2015, 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

The annual holiday gala is celebrating its 29th year! Come out and celebrate the holidays with this concert featuring holiday music. All proceeds benefit The Doorways (formerly the Hospital Hospitality House).

Tickets are $10, and are available on ShowClix.

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3 thoughts on “VCU Holiday Gala – A Christmas Family Tradition”

  1. I love this tradition. ? My favorites are sleigh ride at the end and also the jazz ensemble’s nutcracker suite. I also like the guitar ensemble – it’s always fun to see what they’ll do.

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