Christmas celebrated at upcoming Coe College events

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2011-11-28 15:18:09 - General

Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College’s annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 6.  Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale and the Coe College Concert Choir.  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 Laura Wiebe, and the Coe Concert Choir, conducted by Marc Falk, will perform traditional anthems during the services.  Many Coe students 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.  Audience members will be invited to join in singing several of the Christmas hymns and carols, including the traditional favorites “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

Music to be performed includes "Advent Prayer" arranged by Patrick Liebergen, the traditional Canadian carol “Huron Carol” arranged by Robert Anderson, and the traditional spiritual “Go, Tell It!” arranged by Eric Unruh.  Other pieces to be performed include “Shepherds Rejoice” from M.L. and W.H. Swan’s “New Harp of Columbia,” the South American villancico “Rin, Rin” arranged by Fernando Montero, and the traditional carol “A La Nanita Nana” arranged by Norman Luboff.

The Coe College Music Department and Office of the Chaplain are co-sponsoring the services.  For more information, please call 399-8581.