NORWALK, Conn. -- “Arise and Shine,” a Christmas concert featuring the new 82-member Diocesan Youth Choir, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Norwalk Concert Hall.
Proceeds will benefit the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund and youth programs across Fairfield County.
It will be the first full-length concert of the choir, which was formed earlier this year in response to a goal of the Bridgeport Diocese's Synod to find ways to better engage young people in the church.
“We hope people will come out and join us to celebrate the sound and spirit of Christmas,” said the most Rev. Francis J. Caggiano, bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, which includes over 400,000 Roman Catholics in Fairfield County.
Choir members have worked for months to prepare for the concert, Caggiano said, adding that the diocese hopes it “is the beginning of a new Christmas tradition.”
The concert will perform under the direction of Mary Bozzuti Higgins of Wilton, an opera singer and choral director who also serves as music director of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
The program will feature traditional Christmas music, an audience sing-along; brief scripture readings in Portuguese, French, Spanish and Vietnamese; and a candlelight recessional to “Silent Night.”
Young people from 43 of the diocese’s 82 parishes will be performing, Higgins said.
Ticket prices start at $50. All proceeds will benefit youth programs in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The concert hall is located at 125 East Ave., Norwalk. For tickets to the concert, click here .
For more information about the choir, click here .
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