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34th Annual Candlelight Concerts

  • University Chapel 145 McCormick Road Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

Step into the wonder and the celebration of this glorious season with the Virginia Women’s Chorus, harp, and candlelight. The centerpiece of the concert, A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, by Benjamin Britten is sure to delight. Professional harpist, Anastasia Jellison, will accompany the Chorus in this popular work. Anastasia currently teaches at the University of Virginia and four other universities in Virginia. Come and be greeted by the reverence of the darkness of winter, with the promise of the return of light. The beauty of the University Chapel, along with the lovely singers and their exquisite music, will soothe and inspire all listeners for the days ahead.

A processional sets the tone for this concert, with music ranging from medieval to contemporary. A closing candlelight circle with the young women singing Stille Nacht allows the beauty of true multi-dimensional surround sound. The glorious beauty of harp, strings, flute, percussion, and keyboard will accompany the Chorus as the singers take you on a journey with echoes of medieval times and ethereal and vivacious arrangements of familiar carols.

These concerts often sell out and it is advised that tickets be purchased early to insure seating in the Chapel. Tickets for Friday, December 1, at 8 PM may be purchased here; and Saturday, December 2 at 1 PM here. Online ticket sales will end 24 hours before each concert. Tickets may be purchased at the door if available. Student and Senior tickets are $7.50; General Admission is $17.50. Parking is available in the U.Va. Central Grounds Parking Garage located on Emmet Street and along the streets by the Chapel. The Chapel is accessible to all and handicap parking is available directly across the street.

Often called Charlottesville best-kept secret, these concerts welcome many returning listeners each year who leave imbued with the true spirit of the season.  Accolades come from many concertgoers and include comments such as this: “The concert was stunningly beautiful, sensitively programmed and a musical treat of the highest order.  It really was quite amazing.”  

Later Event: December 2
34th Annual Candlelight Concerts