Virginia Glee Club - 79th Annual Christmas Concerts

** An Affiliated Event **
December 7, 2019 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
$15 General / $5 students
December 14, 2019 - 8:00pm
St. Paul's Memorial Church
$15 General / $5 students

Virginia Glee Club - Christmas ConcertRing in the holiday season with the Virginia Glee Club as they present their 79th Annual Christmas Concerts. Whether it’s our unique renditions of your holiday favorites or the Virginia Glee Club’s own traditional holiday pieces, such as the Biebl Ave Maria, there will be music to delight every ear.  Concerts are on Saturday, December 7th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall and Saturday, December 14th at 8pm in St Paul's Memorial Church.

Christmas with the Glee Club incorporates both candlelight and comedy. Come join in the fun and celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.  Be sure not to miss out on one of Charlottesville’s oldest and most joyful holiday traditions.

Founded in 1871, the Virginia Glee Club is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia. The Club’s members, primarily undergraduate students, come from every school and college within the University. Members consider the group a “fraternity of talent,” committed to performing at a professional level, promoting fellowship, and preserving longstanding tradition. Throughout its history, the Virginia Glee Club has been consistently recognized as a leader among American men’s choruses, performing a variety of sacred and secular music in the classical tradition. The group performed for former President Bill Clinton at the national celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s 250th birthday and has also been heard on broadcasts of NBC’s Today Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, Virginia Public Radio, and the Voice of America. In addition to presenting on-grounds concerts, the group has toured widely, both domestically and abroad, and has collaborated with some of the finest women’s choruses in the eastern and southern United States. The Club toured France in the summer of 2000, visiting Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Aix en Provence, Carcassonne, and Nice. More recently, in the spring of 2016, the Club went on a tour of Argentina, performing all over Buenos Aires, the largest province in the country. In the spring of 2017, the Club performed in Carnegie Hall as part of a concert honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and toured the Southeast. In the spring of 2018, the Club premiered the first TTBB arrangement of the major work Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Grammy® Award-winning conductor and singer Frank Albinder currently directs the Virginia Glee Club, the Washington Men’s Camerata and the Woodley Ensemble. A native of Hollywood, California, Mr. Albinder attended Pomona College and the New England Conservatory of Music. Like most musicians, he has held a number of non-musical jobs, including counter man in a delicatessen, secret document destroyer for a major military contractor, tour guide at Universal Studios and problem-solver for FedEx. He was Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College in the mid-1980s, and for 11 years, he was singer, associate conductor and, finally, acting director of Chanticleer, the world-renowned vocal ensemble. During his tenure with the group, Mr. Albinder performed in all 50 states and in 20 foreign countries. He appears on 21 of the ensemble’s recordings, including Wondrous Love, which was recorded under his direction, and the Grammy® Award-winning Colors of Love, for which he designed the concept and selected the repertoire. Other performance credits include the Boston Camerata, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Concord Ensemble. He is currently president of Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, a national board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and a steering committee member of ChoralNet, the internet’s principal portal for information and resources relating to the choral field. He recently completed two terms as the American Choral Directors Association National Chair of Repertoire and Standards for Male Choirs and one term as president of the Pomona College Alumni Association.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

St. Paul's Memorial Church is located at 1701 University Avenue in Charlottesville Virginia.

All events are subject to change.



UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176