A Utah State University fraternity is putting on a holiday concert with proceeds going to help an orphan with Down syndrome.
The Starry Night Concert, sponsored by Alpha Tau Omega, is scheduled Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. both nights in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. The show, now in its fifth year, will include USU students and alumni performing an array of Christmas carols.
“This is a concert that will help you feel the Christmas spirit like nothing else,” said Michael Bautner, vice president of the fraternity.
“These kids usually live five years or less on their own; that’s their life expectancy,” Bautner said, recalling a previous Starry Night concert he attended and seeing an orphan with a new family.
“That kid always comes back to my mind as someone that we helped give a new life to,” he said. “It’s so beautiful. We’ve talked about switching organizations (that could benefit from the concert), but we really can’t bring ourselves to.”
Bautner talked about the concert set list, saying while the radio may offer the traditional holiday tunes this time of year, he hopes the coming weekend’s performance brings something different.
“We love giving a voice to some lesser-known Christmas carols that still invoke that same Christmas spirit,” Bautner said. “Some I’ve never heard before.”