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Bel Canto Chorus Celebrates 10 Years of Christmas in the Basilica

Annual concert pays homage to Polish heritage & holiday favorites. December 14–16, 2018. Basilica of St. Josaphat

By - Nov 13th, 2018 03:20 pm
Bel Canto Chorus presents Christmas in the Basilica. Photo by Jessica Kaminski.

Bel Canto Chorus presents Christmas in the Basilica. Photo by Jessica Kaminski.

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 13, 2018)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 for its 10th anniversary with traditional carols and beloved Christmas songs. Three performances of the concert will take place December 14–16 in the beautiful Basilica of St. Josaphat.

“For ten years, Bel Canto has been sharing the joy of Christmas with Milwaukee audiences in the glorious sanctuary of the Basilica of St. Josaphat,” notes music director Richard Hynson, who started the tradition a decade ago. He has always wanted the chorus to sing in a space with such rich history and stunning architecture as the Basilica. The Southside landmark has been a cornerstone of this concert, almost as much as the music; therefore, it seems fitting to pay tribute to the Polish history of the Basilica by singing Lulajże, Jezuniu, one of the most revered Polish Christmas carols.

Audiences can look forward to singing along with such favorites as O Come, All Ye FaithfulGod Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, and Handel’s Joy to the World, accompanied by organist Kevin Bailey. The concert also features The Christmas Story, a composition by Hynson. He adds, “We have put together a delightful mix of traditional and brand-new Christmas music, lovingly prepared and presented in the splendor of the Basilica.”


Individual tickets are on sale now for $29.50, $35, and $61 (premium seating); student and senior discounts available starting at $19. 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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