Lindsey Wilson to host Christmas concert Dec. 7

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By The Staff

The Lindsey Wilson College choral program will present "Scriptures and Songs of Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 7.

The program will be performed at 7:30 p.m. ET at Columbia Baptist Church.

The concert - which is free and open to the public - is part of the 2008-2009 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series.

The evening concert features both the Lindsey Wilson Concert Choir and the Lindsey Wilson Singers.

Several unique themes comprise this year's Christmas concert, according to Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs Gerald L. Chafin. Among those include literature by Cincinnati composer and arranger Howard Helvey. Helvey's compositions will be performed with Lindsey Wilson Professor of Music Robert Reynolds and Columbia resident Dwayne Martin on piano.

The concert will also include an English-themed section: "The Holly Bears a Berry" (the Sans Day Carol), "Coventry Carol" and "On Christmas Night All Christians Sing" (the Sussex Carol).

At the concert, Chafin will display a lace given to the Singers a couple years ago by a woman at the Coventry Cathedral. The woman, who was a child during the German Blitz of England in 1940-1941, watched the bombing of Coventry from a distant hillside where townspeople had gone for refuge.

"Of all the amazing places and stories the singers have collected from their travels, meeting this lady, and her sharing with us, is among the most remarkable; and I'm sure for our students, among the most memorable," Chafin said.

The section of the concert to be performed by the Concert Choir includes a diverse collection of literature. Selections include the Puerto Rican Christmas hymn "Come to Set Us Free." That bright and rhythmic tune will be contrasted with a somber arrangement of "Silent Night," which is set in a minor key and is "very mysterious," Chafin said.

"On the 'Silent Night' arrangement, we will expect the audience to learn a portion of the song and sing with us," Chafin said.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs Chair Phil Hanna at hannap@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8250.