To celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary, concert founder Dr. William Hall will conduct a special piece during the production.


Vocalists and musicians performing on Chapman University's Memorial Hall stage

ORANGE, Calif.
– Chapman University’s 50
Annual Wassail Concert – one of Orange County’s oldest continuous holiday traditions – will be filmed and aired by KCET-TV to its wide regional television audience for the second year in a row.

The concert, which takes place live on the Chapman campus on December 6 and 7, will be aired by KCET on
December 21 at 8 p.m.
, and repeated
December 23 at 8 p.m.
and on
Christmas Eve, December 24, at 2 p.m.

Viewers will be charmed by a wide variety of festive music, including holiday favorites such as ”
Sleigh Ride
” ”
White Christmas”
and ”
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
.” Traditional carols will include ”
The Holly and the Ivy”
“Hallelujah Chorus,”
in addition to global hymns such as
“Amuworo ayi otu nwa”
from Africa and the classic Hanukkah song
“Aleih Neiri.”

The production is performed by more than 150 Chapman University singers and musicians from the University’s Women’s Choir, University Choir, University Singers and the Chapman University Chamber Orchestra. Selections will be conducted by Stephen Coker, Angel Vázquez -Ramos and Daniel Alfred Wachs.

To celebrate the program’s 50
anniversary, Dr. William Hall, concert founder and Chapman’s founding dean and artistic director for the Center for the Arts, will make a special appearance during the popular production to conduct the finale of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”


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