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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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.