2010-11 Wittenberg Series Continues With Annual Lessons And Carols For Advent And Christmas
Springfield, Ohio – The 2010-11 Wittenberg Series continues at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, with the annual Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas service at Wittenberg University’s Weaver Chapel. The event is free and open to the public, with pre-service music starting at 7 p.m.
Music will be provided by more than 125 musicians, including the Wittenberg Choir and the Wittenberg Singers, Associate Professor of Music Adam Con, director; the Wittenberg Handbell Choir, Professor Emeritus of Music Trudy Faber, director; the Wittenberg Flute Choir, Adjunct Instructor of Music Lori Akins, director; and the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Professor of Music Brandon Jones, director; and Professor Emeritus of Music and University Organist, Donald Busarow.
As in past years, the ceremony begins with the Service of Light, at which time the chapel is enveloped in darkness and gradually illuminated by the lighting of hundreds of candles. The chapel is prepared by The David B. and Carol Matevia Endowed University Pastor Rachel Tune. Katalin Beavers, class of 2011 from Columbus, Ohio, will serve as cantor for this year’s service.
This year, the music ensembles will present several joint musical presentations, including “O Holy Night;” a baroque arrangement of “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus;” and a marriage of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” with the South African freedom song, “Thula Sizwe” sung in Zulu.
Similar collaboration will occur with the traditional “Quempas Carol,” which dates back to the Middle Ages and has been used for Lessons and Carols at Wittenberg since 1983. This year, in a joint venture of all the musical ensembles, the carol will begin with the handbells and flute choir providing a musical ritornello or interlude. Then the Wittenberg Singers will form a cross at the north, south, east and west corners of the earth announcing the birth of the Christ Child, followed by the Wittenberg Choir’s response of the ‘Nunc Angelorum’ and then the congregational refrain with chamber orchestra and organ.
The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. For more information about the Series, visit the university Web site www.wittenberg.edu. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer and Rachel Tune