Holiday season

The Museum kicked off the holiday season with Loyola Marymount University Choir

Courtesy Photos The Loyola Marymount University Choir with conductor TJ Harper at last week’s reception and concert at the Catalina Museum for Art & History.

Courtesy of the Catalina Art and History Museum

This past weekend, holiday classics reverberated through Avalon while the Loyola Marymount University Choir performed at the Catalina Museum for Art & History. Despite the cold, more than 160 residents and visitors to the island participated.

This free event included photo ops with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, treats, an art project for children and a story hour with Mrs. Claus. Long-time island resident, museum board member and renowned art collector Roy Rose gave a talk in the Paintings for the Holidays gallery highlighting the various artists represented in the exhibition .

Led by TJ Harper, Music President and Director of Choral Activities, the LMU Choir numbered 32 students. While some students are majors in music, many study engineering, science, and more. The choir also performed at the Catholic Church the next morning and the students were able to spend time exploring Avalon before returning to the mainland.

“This type of event is a great way to end the year,” said Gail Fornasiere, assistant director of external affairs at the Catalina Museum of Art and History. “Celebrating art and music with all ages in our community and showcasing the talents of these students fits perfectly into our mission. It was so well received and we hope to bring them back next year.

Dr Bryant Keith Alexander, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University, was also in attendance and is open to this becoming a new tradition of museum vacations.

The Museum especially thanked LMU alumni Ron and Mary Celeste Bevins and Brittani Brisacher for playing a key role in making this event happen. The Museum also thanked the Edgewater Hotel, the Glenmore Hotel and the St. Lauren Hotel for donating rooms to the students of the choir.

About the Catalina Art and History Museum

The Catalina Art and History Museum offers art and history exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures from speakers from around the world, and the best of silent, documentary and international cinema.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, the museum is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Ave. For more information, call 310-510-2414 or visit

The Museum kicked off the holiday season with Loyola Marymount University Choir

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