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Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-First Annual Service of Lessons and Carols

November 17, 2008

Category: Events, Music


For the twenty-first consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols. The Thursday, December 4 performance in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel is the only one open to the general public. A Tuesday, December 2 performance is for invited guests of the College only.

This is the second year that Paul E. Oakley, Catawba College's Director of Choral, Vocal and Sacred Music Studies, Associate Professor of Music, and also the College Organist, will serve as artistic director and principal conductor of this popular event.

The annual Service of Lessons and Carols is a widely anticipated community event which has played to full houses in recent years. Tickets, although free to the public, are required for all who plan to attend and can be obtained by calling the College Development Office at (704) 637-4396 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition to Oakley, other conductors and musicians include Dr. Stephen Etters, conductor; Professor Dennis Jewett, conductor; Randi Skaggs, conductor; Dr. Timothy Belflowers, conductor and organist; Dr. Julie Chamberlain, pianist; and Dr. Robert Hallquist, pianist. The Catawba Singers, the Catawba Chorale, the Catawba Handbells, the Catawba Madrigals, the Catawba Wind Ensemble and the Catawba Children's Chorale will be featured with special guests, the Market Street Brass Ensemble of Greensboro, one of North Carolina's finest brass ensembles. Liturgist will be Dr. Kenneth Clapp, senior vice-president and chaplain of the College.

A prelude of Christmas music will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the Service of Lessons and Carols starting at 7:00 p.m. 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 music to be included this year is by Victoria, Gabrieli, Mendelssohn and Randall Thompson.

Again, although admission is free, tickets are required and may be obtained by calling (704) 637-4396 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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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