Global Christmas Concert
Following a three year hiatus owing to pandemic restrictions, St. Dunstan’s Basilica is finally announcing the return of its annual Christmas spectacular, to be held on December 22 at 7 pm. Featuring 55 voices accompanied by a 25 piece orchestra, all under the direction of Leo Marchildon, this gift to the City of Charlottetown draws in musicians of all denominations together from across the Island to usher in the joyful season. Aside from presenting “Fantasia Noel”, an exciting work which puts a contemporary spin on classic Christmas carols, the concert will celebrate the Island’s cultural diversity with over a dozen carols from around the world. From Italy’s “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle” to “Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit” from the Philippines, this global collection of well known songs, many of which will be sung in their native tongue, serves as a warm welcome to those who have moved here from other countries. Included in this collection is “Kulein Ma’li”, a setting of the Ave Maria in Mi’kmaq newly composed by Leo Marchildon. The traditional highlight of the evening is the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.
Admission is by donation at the door prior to entering. Owing to the popularity of this event, early arrival is suggested in order to get a good seat.