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Catawba College Music Department to Present Annual Services of Lessons and Carols

November 22, 2005

Category: Academics, Music


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The Catawba College Department of Music will present its eighteenth annual Christmas Choral Concert, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Tuesday and Thursday, December 6 and December 8, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. In recent years, both performances have played to full houses due to the high level of community interest.

Prelude music will begin each night at 6:30 p.m., with the Choral Procession starting at 7:00 p.m.   Participants include the Catawba Chorale, Madrigals, and Singers, as well as the Catawba Brass and the Catawba Handbell Ensemble   Special guests once again will be the St. John's Men's Chorus. The program will be directed by Rosemary C. Kinard, Director of Choral Ensembles at Catawba.  

The service is based on the famous ritual that originated at King's College in Cambridge, England, which weaves beautiful carols of the season with scriptures or lessons, relating to the story of Christmas from the prophecies to the mystery of the Holy Trinity.   Some of the carols this year include the beautiful "Ave Maria," "Child of Wonder," and the traditional Flemish carol tune "Good News from Heaven." Two carols will be sung by the audience and choirs together: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Readers are members of the Catawba community, with the final scripture lesson to be read by Catawba President Dr. Robert E. Knott. Liturgist will be Dr. Kenneth Clapp, senior vice-president and chaplain of the College.

Tickets for assured seating are available now by calling 704-637-4394. Although admission is free, it will be by ticket only until 6:40 p.m. each evening. After 6:40 p.m., seating will be open, if space is still available.

Shuttle service will be offered beginning at 5:30 p.m. each evening from the Robertson College-Community Center, the Ketner Hall and the Shuford Stadium parking lots on campus. After each performance, the shuttle service will also be available to return guests to their vehicles.

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