In place of a massive, festive in-person concert at Centennial Hall, Augustana College is presenting a new virtual performance of “Christmas

Christmas at Augustana, Centennial Hall, Choir. photo: Leslie Zeglin

at Augustana” throughout the month of December.

To kick off the Christmas season, the Rock Island-based college has adapted its typically sold-out performances to an at-home experience for all.

Three hundred student musicians will be participating in performances by the Augustana Brass

Christmas at Augustana, Centennial Hall, Daniel Chetel, photo: Leslie Zeglin

Ensemble, Ascension Ringers, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Augustana Concert Chorale and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Augustana Jazz Ensemble.

Throughout the month, you can see programs online as part of a virtual Christmas at Augustana Advent Calendar offering.  Starting Dec. 1, visit and open the “door” on a daily performance.

Each release on each day will feature an Augustana ensemble performing a festive new work or a pre-recorded favorite from previous Christmas seasons.

Performances will be released daily through Dec. 24, 2020. No tickets are necessary, however donations are appreciated. To see last year’s Christmas at Augustana program, which was Dec. 7-8, click HERE.


Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.