Patronato’s Christmas at San Xavier
Linda Ronstadt headlined the first concert at the Mission more than 21 years ago, starting a beloved tradition that now marks the beginning of Tucson’s holiday season. This signature series of concerts raises funds for Patronato, a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring and preserving Mission San Xavier for future generations.
2017 Patronato’s Christmas at San Xavier regular concert performances were Dec. 12, 13, and 14. The Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus performed. A special concert on Dec. 11 also included performances by Carlos Zapién and the Tucson Girls Chorus.
A Round of Applause for Our 2017 Sponsors
A big thank you to these businesses and individuals for helping to ensure the success of our Christmas Concert series.
- Corporate sponsors: Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Merrill Lynch (Bank of America’s Corporation), Long Realty Cares Foundation, Tucson Electric Power, and Snell and Wilmer.
- Family underwriters: Arch and Laura Brown, Fred and Mary Frelinghuysen, Kathy and Michael Hard, Hank and Barbara Peck, and Chuck and Pat Pettis.
- Media sponsor: Tucson Lifestyle
Children. Please note that, because of the reflective nature of the concerts, guests are discouraged from bringing children under the age of 8.
Early invitations. If you would like to receive our signature, hand-assembled invitation in the mail, along with other special benefits, become a Friend of Patronato. This special invitation arrives before the general invitation and email so that you can get a head start on purchasing your concert tickets.
General email invitations. Sign up for our email list and be notified when tickets go on sale to the general public.
Premium Seating. In the past, seats have been allocated on a “first come-first serve” basis. In 2016, we experimented with a new approach: pay a little extra to receive a premium seat and it worked. In 2017, we added to premium seating the opportunity to select a preferred chapel section. (The balance of seat assignments continues to be managed by the date requests are received.)
Songs of the Nave: A Christmas Tradition at Mission San Xavier
By Richard Fenwick
There is plenty to boast about in Southern Arizona, but perhaps the best of our boasts comes whenever the subject of the season makes its way into the conversation. We like to remind our out-of-town friends and families how summer monsoons bring us respite from the heat, or how verdant and alive the Sonoran Desert becomes each spring. But we invariably return to winter, so gloriously mild that visitors arrive from out-of-state each year by the thousands from northern climes to share in the boast, and to gather with Patronato San Xavier for Southern Arizona’s most enduring winter tradition: Patronato Christmas at San Xavier.