Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. This Wittenberg Series event will feature music by university music ensembles, with pre-service music beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The annual candlelight service, a 30-year campus tradition, is a combination of the Choral Evening Prayer and Advent Choral Vespers presented by more than 100 students, faculty and staff. The service begins in darkness with the introductory Service to Light and will conclude with the candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” Advent, which begins Nov. 27 on the Christian calendar, is a time of preparation for Christmas.
“From the beginning of the Wittenberg Series program, this service has been included as an important feature in the cultural and religious life of the university,” said Donald Busarow, event director and professor of music. “The importance of this service lies in the fact that it is our only opportunity here at Wittenberg to hear and sing the great music of the season.”
The Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Milton Allen, visiting instructor of music, and Wittenberg Chamber Singers, directed by Joyce Wendel, associate professor of music, will present a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, which will feature music for the holiday season.
The 24th Annual Community Messiah Sing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Basil Fett, choral director at Wayne High School and Covenant Presbyterian Church, will conduct soloists Rebecca Weaver, soprano, Carla Drye, alto, Jason Hiester, tenor, Chris Moore, baritone, and instrumentalists in selections from this choral masterpiece. Trudy Faber, Wittenberg professor of music, will accompany on both organ and harpsichord.
Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to be a part of the chorus. Established choirs are urged to attend together and enjoy this impromptu singing experience with hundreds of voices. Singers are asked to furnish their own complete score.
Although there is no admission charge, persons attending may make a freewill donation to help offset the cost of the performance.
In addition, Holiday Festival in Brass will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. The program will feature the Wittenberg trumpet and trombone ensembles, as well as the Wittenberg Brass Choir, under the direction of Daniel Zehringer and Denver Seigried, adjunct instructors of music.
For more information on any of these events, call Wittenberg’s music department at (937) 327-7341.
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