The Chorale at University of the Cumberlands (UC) will be performing a Christmas concert at First Baptist Church in Williamsburg on Thursday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.
According to Dr. Joey Wolfe, the Chorale director, this concert will present A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which follows a tradition that originated in England at King’s College (Cambridge) about 100 years ago. Its format is popular around the world; it alternates between “lessons” (Scripture passages about the coming of Christ) and “carols” (pieces performed by a choir). In addition, the audience gets to help tell the story by singing Christmas carols.
“Our presentation joins a global tradition,” said Wolfe. “I felt it was important for the singers and the community to hear the type of Christmas music that only the Chorale would perform: music in other languages (Latin and Spanish this year), music from different eras (the 21st, 20th, and 19th centuries, and earlier), and music that is different harmonically and structurally.”
Chorale is the only acapella choir on UC’s campus, and it hasn’t hosted its own Christmas concert for over a decade. Victor Andzulis, the University’s piano professor, will accompany the congregation on the organ, and various UC and First Baptist personnel will be part of the program. The concert is expected to last approximately one hour.
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