It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas. Marquette music groups and student organizations are celebrating the holiday season with fundraisers, events and concerts.
Live Nativity Scene
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10 p.m. Wed. Dec. 3, 10 p.m.
In front of Raynor Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Marquette students are raising awareness about homeless and abandoned children in Milwaukee through Bring Home Jesus, a 24-hour, live, outdoor Nativity scene. Organized by the resident assistants in Straz Tower, the program begins with Concert for the Kids at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel during the Tuesday evening 10 p.m. mass. Donations accepted during the mass and the nativity scene will support StandUp for Kids, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping homeless children. The nativity scene will include Marquette students in costumes portraying Mary, Joseph, the wise men and angels.
The Miracle on the Mall and tree lighting
Friday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel, behind Raynor Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Celebrate the Christmas season during Marquette’s Miracle on Central Mall. This year’s theme is “A child is born: a time for new beginning,” with donations collected before the event supporting Meta House, a Milwaukee organization that helps women reclaim their life after substance abuse. The evening will include the tree lighting and blessing by Rev. John Naus, S.J., singing of Christmas carols, and reflections from Rev. Frank Majka, S.J. and Christine Ullstrup, manager of residential services at Meta House.
Lessons and Carols Concert
Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Gesu Church, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Join the Marquette University Liturgical Choir, Chorus, Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Naturals for the seventh annual Lessons and Carols concert. The “Silent Night” concert, which is free and open to the public, will incorporate readings of seasonal Bible passages between musical pieces.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m.
Varsity Theatre, 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave.
The Marquette University Gospel Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and Band are combining for a musical celebration. Holiday music of various cultures will be included, as well as traditional Christmas standards. Admission is free and open to the public.
Media interested in speaking with any of these groups or organizations should contact Andy Brodzeller in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286.