The holiday season is under way, and many activities celebrating the season are taking place on campus and in Hyde Park. Here's a brief roundup of what's happening:
The Music Department will offer a free noontime Christmas concert, featuring vocalists and instrumentalists from the University's performance organizations, at 12:15 p.m. today, Dec. 7, in Goodspeed Recital Hall. For more information, call 702-8069.
The Chicago Children's Choir will perform "Songs of the Season" at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The featured work will be Margaret Bonds' "The Ballad of the Brown King." Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors; group rates are available. For more information, call 849-8300, ext. 222.
The highly acclaimed a cappella quartet Anonymous 4 will perform "A Star in the East: Christmas Music of Medieval Hungary," at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Mandel Hall, as part of the Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series. Tickets are $20, $8 for students; for tickets, call 702-8068.
Law School Films will present the perennial Christmas favorite It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Law School Auditorium. Admission is $3, $1.50 for children under 12.
The Hyde Park-based a cappella ensemble In terra vox will present "Nowell sing we!" -- a program of Advent and Christmas music from the 10th through 20th centuries -- at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Goodspeed Recital Hall. Reserved seating is $8, $5 for students and seniors; for reservations, call 288-2010. General seating also will be available; donations for general seating will be requested at the door.
The Hyde Park Art Center, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will hold a free reception from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 to kick off its weeklong holiday art sale. All proceeds benefit the art center's outreach and school programs. For more information, call 324-5520.
Handel's Messiah will be performed at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The concert, under the direction of conductor Bruce Tammen and concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike, will feature the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir, the Symphony of the Shores and soloists Tambra Black, Mark Crayton, David Vanderwal and Keith Brautigam. Tickets are $12. All seating is unreserved. For tickets, call 753-1191.
An Oriental Institute Museum gallery tour, "Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh," will be led by Raymond Tindel, Museum Registrar and Associate Curator, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The tour will explore the gifts of the Three Wise Men in the context of trade and tribute in the ancient Near East.
Internationally renowned jazz pianist Willie Pickens will perform in a Jazz Christmas Benefit for the Homeless at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, in Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Pickens will be joined by his fellow trio members Larry Gray and Robert Shy, along with guests Art Davis and Ingrid Wallace. Tickets are $15; all proceeds will benefit South Side homeless shelters. For tickets, call 363-6063.
A traditional Christmas Eve service with a candlelight procession will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The service is free and open to the public. Goodwill offerings will be donated to the Woodlawn Maternal & Child Health Center.