Christmas celebrated at upcoming Coe College events

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2008-11-18 13:13:23 - General

Coe Music Professor Richard Hoffman leads the Coe Chorale at the 2007 Christmas Vespers service.

Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2. 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 and accompanied by Tara Warfield, will perform traditional anthems during the services. The services 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.

The year, the Chorale is privileged to sing a world premiere written by Simon Mold, a composer and music teacher from Rochester, England, entitled "Lullaby for the Christ Child."

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 Dr. Brett Wolgast will accompany the traditional Christmas hymns and carols, including the traditional "Silent Night, Holy Night," in which the audience will be invited to participate.

Musical selections performed during the events will include "A Star Dances, an Angel Sings" and "Children, Go Tell It!" by Greg Gilpin, "Carol for Advent" by Don Besig, and "The Angels' Song" by Garry Cornell. Traditional hymns include "Angels from the Realms of Glory," "All Hail to God's Anointed," "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" and "Joy to the World." Various instrumentals will accompany the Chorale throughout the services.

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