Bel Canto Chorus Celebrates the Holidays with Christmas in the Basilica

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 12, 2019)—Bel Canto Chorus brings its vocal power and beauty to the holiday season with its annual Christmas in the Basilica concert. The well-loved holiday concert returns with traditional carols, the always-anticipated sing-alongs, and a performance of John Rutter’s beloved “Gloria.” Four performances of the concert will take place December 13–15 in the beautiful Basilica of St. Josaphat.

Christmas in the Basilica has grown in popularity, which led to a fourth performance being added this year. “Celebrating the warmth and joy of the Christmas season has been at the heart of these concerts for more than a decade,” says music director Richard Hynson, adding “It’s our way of wishing our audiences a very merry Christmas – from our family to yours!” This year also commemorates Michelle Hynson’s 30th anniversary with Bel Canto Chorus. Hynson has performed with the Chorus since 1989 as assistant conductor, accompanist, and soprano section leader. To honor her three decades of service, this year’s program includes eight Christmas carol arrangements, lovingly written for the chorus by Ms. Hynson over the years.
Audiences can look forward to singing along with such favorites as O Come, All Ye Faithful, The First Nowell, and Joy to the World, accompanied by organist Mark Davidson. The concert also features John Rutter’s “Gloria,” a festive and familiar work that makes a fitting prelude to the holiday season.

Individual tickets are on sale now for $30, $35, and $60 (premium seating); student and senior discounts available starting at $20. Purchase online at or by phone at 414-481-8801.

Founded in 1931, Bel Canto Chorus is Southeastern Wisconsin’s oldest continually performing arts organization. The organization is committed to connecting singers, audiences, and the community through experiences with diverse choral music. The group includes an auditioned adult performance chorus of approximately 100 singers and a Senior Singers program for those 55 or better who want to sing in an organized performance chorus (with more information coming within the next year about an updated youth program). Characterized by a heartfelt belief in the value of Bel Canto Chorus’s mission and vision, and supported by devoted singers and audiences, talented artistic and administrative staff, and dedicated Board members, the group’s passion for sharing the thrill of live choral music has remained steadfast throughout its long, proud history. For more info, visit

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