Christmas celebrated at upcoming Coe College events

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-11-19 15:50:54 - General

Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.

The Coe Chorale, directed by Alma A. Turechek Professor of Music Richard Hoffman, will perform traditional anthems during the services. Many Coe students and community members will be featured with vocal and instrumental solos. The services follow the grand British Lessons and Carols tradition and are patterned after that of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. In the services, hymns and carols are used in place of psalms and canticles. Through the message of the scriptures and verses of the carols and anthems, participants are given a beautiful perspective on the meaning of the Christmas season.

Both the Christmas Convocation and the Christmas Vespers will include the story of Jesus' birth presented in lessons read throughout the presentation by Coe College Chaplain Kristin Hutson, as well as students, faculty and staff members. Coe organist and Coe Chorale accompanist Dr. Brett Wolgast will play music for the Christmas hymns and carols, including the traditional "Silent Night, Holy Night," in which the audience will be invited to participate.

Music to be performed includes "One December Bright and Clear" arranged by Morman Tabernacle conductor, Mack Wilberg; "O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam, "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi, "The Gift" ('O come little children'), a German carol arranged by William Cutter; and the famous "Joy to the World/Hallelujah Chorus" by G.F. Handel.

Three pieces will be performed from the English choral tradition by British composers, including "Candlelight Carol" by Simon Mold, "Magnificat" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "All Men Draw Near" by Peter Williams with text by Sir Malcolm Sargent.

A collection for the local Salvation Army will be taken in the Sinclair lobby following each service. The Coe College Music Department and Office of the Chaplain are co-sponsoring the events. For more information, please call 399-8581.