Free Christmas Concert For Homeless, Low-Income Families

Highly-anticipated performance invites special audience to dress rehearsal

It’s the season of giving and a concert at an iconic Sioux Falls Catholic church embodies the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas at the Cathedral holds its dress rehearsal performance Wednesday night at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.  For the first time ever, they had an audience for dress rehearsal.  The church invited people from the cathedral, as well as individuals staying at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House homeless shelter, the St. Francis House, which helps people move out of homelessness, and Harmony South Dakota, a nonprofit helping low-income elementary school students.

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Audience invited to free dress rehearsal performance of “Christmas at the Cathedral”

The actual concert performances run Thursday through Sunday and tickets range from around $40 to $150.  People who were in the crowd Wednesday may not be able to afford to see the show, so this free concert means a lot.

“For a lot of them it’s going to be their first time experiencing this great concert and what better way to do it than a special performance… for all of these people to experience the true hope that Christmas brings to people in all situations of life,” says Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota Director of Marketing Brian Cooper.

Choir & orchestra during Wednesday night’s dress rehearsal

Organizers say the performance is spectacular.  They’ll put on six shows over the next four days that includes an orchestra, choir, soloists, a story teller and children creating the nativity scene.

“It’s all going to be worked together to tell this beautiful story of re-imagining Christmas as if you’re one of the people at the nativity and what they must’ve been going through that night that Jesus was born,” Cooper says.

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Tenor Scott Piper

Tickets are still available, more information can be found by clicking here.  Cooper says every show almost always sells out.  The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House receives a portion of the proceeds to help pay for upkeep of its facility.

“All of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, buying presents, hanging decorations, and just getting wrapped up in the business of this season, whereas Christmas at the Cathedral is a time to just slow down and take time with your family to really celebrate what is the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus.  To do that with your family and friends in a sacred space like this, you’re not going to find anything like this anywhere else in the area,” Cooper adds.

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