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'Unsilent Night' on Dec. 4 Offers Seasonal Soundscape

UHD Co-Hosting Annual Holiday Event


By Mike Emery

A December tradition returns to the University of Houston-Downtown this week. For the second consecutive year, the University will partner with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to host “Unsilent Night” on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

“Unsilent Night” is a pre-holiday musical procession that begins at UHD and extends along the trails on Buffalo Bayou. The event offers a new spin on holiday caroling as audience members use phones and other audio devices to play Phil Kline’s musical composition “Unsilent Night.” With participants downloading, then playing different tracks, they create a moving soundscape that enlivens Downtown Houston.

Pre-event festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on UHD’s South Deck. Attendees can enjoy live music from the Atascosita School Forte Choir and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be provided by Katz Coffee and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

The walk along Buffalo Bayou starts at 7 p.m. followed by an after party at The Cottonmouth Club (108 Main Street, across the street from UHD’s Commerce Street Building).

"Unsilent Night" is an annual event that helps kick off the holiday season in Houston. In 2018, UHD became a co-host for this city tradition. "Unsilent Night" processions take place in 133 cities across five continents

“Unsilent Night” is free to the public, but registration is encouraged. Music tracks for the procession can be downloaded here.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.