Eight leaded-glass windows, selected from the Morse's world-renowned Tiffany collection, will set the stage for the free outdoor concert of seasonal favorites by the 150-voice Bach Festival Choir, one of America's premier oratorio ensembles.
Seven of the windows are memorials with religious themes that were produced by Tiffany Studios for the chapel constructed in 1908 for the Association for the Relief of Respectable Aged Indigent Females in New York. When the residence was threatened with demolition in 1974, Hugh and Jeannette McKean, the couple who assembled the Morse collection – bought its Tiffany chapel windows at the request of the Association board. The Association residence is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The two-hour program begins at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of December, when the signal will be given to turn on the window lights. The rain date will be the following night, at the same time.
Free Admission on Christmas Eve
On December 24, the Morse invites the public to the museum's galleries to enjoy at no charge, works that include Louis Comfort Tiffany's century-old, leaded-glass windows and his celebrated 1893 chapel.
The Byzantine-inspired chapel, a mosaic and glass masterpiece designed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, established Tiffany's reputation internationally and is one of the artist's last surviving interiors. The chapel opened at the Morse in 1999. During the holidays only, the museum also exhibits the 1902 Tiffany window, "Christmas Eve," designed by the famous cartoonist Thomas Nast.
The Winter Park museum holds an open house for the public each Christmas Eve to provide a peaceful respite from the busy holiday season.