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APSU hosting Fifth Annual Holiday Dinner Dec. 5 & 6

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a Saturday evening last December, a thin layer of snow covered downtown Clarksville. An icy, winter wind rattled the decorations hanging from streetlights, and most of the sidewalks were empty because it was too cold to go outside. One of the only signs of life on that quiet night came from the center of the Austin Peay State University campus, where hundreds of people hurried into the Morgan University Center for the Department of Music’s Annual Holiday Dinner.

             The formal, sit-down dinner, featuring APSU choral members performing holiday songs, had grown so popular over the years that even that night’s wintry weather didn’t stop people from attending. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, an even larger crowd is expected to come celebrate at this year’s Fifth Annual Holiday Dinner.

            “Over the past five years, it has grown so much with University and community support that we’ve added a second evening,” Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “But the Holiday Dinner is the way to start your holiday season.”

            While attendees enjoy a salad and either a beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian dinner entrée, the University’s choral ensembles and instrumentalists will perform an array of traditional and international holiday songs.

            “Because it’s our fifth anniversary, we’re celebrating with music from all over the world,” Foster said. “Patrons will be delighted to hear Chanukah music and Christmas music from Sweden, Estonia, Nigeria, the United States and the Caribbean.”

            A special, secret performance will bring the evening to a close, along with the serving of a desert that matches the theme of the final musical piece.

           Tickets for the dinner are $55. For more information, to purchase tickets or to RSVP before Dec. 3, contact Foster at 221-7002 or fosterk@apsu.edu.