Musical events highlight Advent season at Unity Spiritual Center

Begin your holiday season with a gloriously festive evening on Saturday, Dec. 3, by attending “Deck the Hall,” Unity’s fourth annual Christmas Concert. The evening will be filled with music as more than twenty musicians perform holiday favorites.

Coordinated by music director Bonnie Chase, the program promises something for everyone. Soloists, vocal ensembles, instrumentalists and the unparalleled “Choir on Fire” will perform in a variety of musical styles to help you get in the spirit of the season.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake. Pizza and refreshments will be on sale before the concert, as well as during the intermission. Tickets are $15 each (children under 14 free) and can be purchased online at, by phone at 440-835-0400 or at the door.

Two weeks later, a unique Christmas performance comes to Unity. On Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., “The Night in Bethlehem: An Original Christmas Story” will be presented by Twin Engine, the band. This story, inspired by a love of Christmas and its meaning, focuses on a young boy named Samuel awaiting his turn to talk with Joseph following the birth of Jesus. This rock-infused score was influenced by the Mark Wood Experience, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Skef Rifton, and features the band’s electric violin.

The 55-minute performance is a family-friendly show to be experienced by all. After the presentation of “The Night in Bethlehem,” the lights come on and Twin Engine retakes the stage to perform 30 minutes of upbeat, contemporary classics. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

In addition to these two wonderful musical evenings, check us out at for a description of other Advent activities, including a schedule of Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services leading up to a very special Christmas Candlelight evening service on Dec. 24 at 8 .p.m, and a Christmas morning service at 11 a.m.

Kenneth Cooper

Ken Cooper lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:28 PM, 11.29.2011