Tonight in Cabell Hall Auditorium, the Virginia Glee Club will fill its 72nd annual Christmas Concert with music that ranges from prayerful to playful.

Selections will range from Biebl’s “Ave Maria” to cheerful holiday favorites.

This season, the ensemble is marking its 10th anniversary under the leadership of Frank Albinder. Albinder, who won a Grammy Award for his work with Chanticleer, also directs the Washington Men’s Camerata and Woodley Ensemble.

The completely student-run choir for men’s voices, founded in 1871, is the University of Virginia’s oldest musical organization and is among the nation’s oldest collegiate choirs.

This season’s plans include performing Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Smith College Choir, tour from Massachusetts to Illinois and record the choir’s first album in five years.

Last spring, the group toured the West Coast for the first time, performing from Seattle to Las Vegas.

Past seasons have included appearances at the White House for President Bill Clinton, on the “Today” show to sing to UVa alumna Katie Couric and a long list of international concert venues.

Tonight’s program also will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish Catholic Church.

Tickets are $15, $5 for students. For tickets, go online to or buy them in person at the Student Activities Center, on the Lawn or at the door. For details, visit


Virginia Glee Club

72nd annual Christmas Concert

8 tonight

Cabell Hall Auditorium

8 p.m. Dec. 15

St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish

$15, $5 students


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