University of Bridgeport musicians and vocalists present their annual holiday concert on December 5

Carols, plus funk, folk, jazz and whole lot more to delight the community at the University’s eclectic holiday performance
University of Bridgeport holiday tree

UB Gospel Choir and four other musical groups will present their 14th annual holiday concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 at the University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Center.

Other performers include University Singers, a 30-member choral group featuring members from the campus and community; Fusion Ensemble, the University’s jazz/funk/blues/R&B ensemble; Knights Ensemble, a wind ensemble consisting of UB students and community members from around the region, and the UB Percussion Group.

The 90-minute program will feature favorite carols and holiday classics like “Let It Snow” and “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer,” selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria,  music by jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis, pieces by the funk group Vulfpeck; folk performer Eric Whitacre, American composer John Phillip Sousa, and an original tune by University of Bridgeport music students.

This year’s concert is being held in memory of Phil Grasso, a much-beloved security guard who passed away on July 30, 2018. Grasso worked at the University for 15 years and became a friend to all at the Department of Performing Arts, where during his patrols, he loved listening to student vocalists and musicians practice and perform.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2 for students.  They are available at the door or can be purchased prior to the concert at the Music and Performing Arts Department, Arnold Bernhard Center, room 310, or by calling (203) 576-4407.

The Arnold Bernard Center is located at 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport. Free parking is available on site.

University of Bridgeport’s Music & Performing Arts Program, part of the College of Arts & Sciences, has been developing skilled musicians and performers since 1947. In addition to course, ensemble, and lesson opportunities open to the whole campus, the program offers the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Music Business, and Music Performance, minors in music and theater, and, in conjunction with the School of Education, master’s degree programs in Music Education.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,