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2011-12 Wittenberg Series Continues With Annual Lessons And Carols For Advent And Christmas

December 1, 2011  
 Filed in Arts and Culture, Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – The 2011-12 Wittenberg Series continues at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, 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 Emerita 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. Faber will also serve as University Organist for the service, with Adjunct Instructor Diane Slagle, piano, accompanying the choirs.

The chapel is prepared by The David B. and Carol Matevia Endowed University Pastor Rachel Tune. Andrew Dolvin, class of 2012 from North Canton, Ohio, will serve as cantor for this year’s service.

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 Wittenberg Bell Choir plays a series of “change rings” as the opening procession takes place and Weaver Chapel slowly becomes illuminated.

The choral music in the 2011 Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas service includes classics from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Prelude in Ab on organ combined with Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, as well as contemporary composers writing on the ancient Gregorian Chant Hodie Christus Natus Est. The last choral work combines the forces of all the ensembles in a celebration based on the Pie Cantonies (1582) titled Personent Hodie.

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 email at jfox@wittenberg.edu.

Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence

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