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Bridgeport Diocesan Youth 'Arise And Shine' For Holiday Concert

The Diocesan Youth Choir will perform at the Klein Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 18. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
Mary Bozzuti Higgins, director and conductor of The Diocesan Youth Choir Photo Credit: Facebook

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. --The  Diocesan Youth Choir will perform its annual Christmas Concert, "Arise and Shine," on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport.

Under the direction of Mary Bozzuti Higgins of Wilton, the 75-member choir will present a joyous program of Christmas songs and chants from different ages and cultures.

The choir will reprise some of last year’s favorites such as the “Arise and Shine, ”“Dark is the Silent Night,” and “Siyahamba,” as well as introduce some new Christmas music.

This year, the choir will be accompanied by noted area musicians: Clay Zambo on piano; Jessica Raposo, flute; Dr. Ralph Kirmser, Oboe; Nick Loafman, Trumpet; and Tom Foote, percussion.

Special guest Adrienne Reedy, a well-known gospel singer, will be featured in two selections, “Do You Hear What I Hear?" and “Christmas Glory, Hallelujah!”

Selected readings will be read by choir members in Vietnamese, Spanish, Igbo and English.

Ticket prices are $10  for students and $15 for adults. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 800-424-0160.

The Diocese Youth Choir (C4Y) was formed in 2015 at the request of Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, and in response to the recent diocesan Synod, which called for engaging and inspiring youth in the faith.

It includes youth from more than 35 parishes throughout Fairfield County. Last year’s Christmas concert inspired more than 1,000 people.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m.

The Klein Memorial Auditorium is at 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

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