2012-13 Wittenberg Series Continues With Annual Lessons And Carols For Advent And Christmas
Springfield, Ohio – The 2012-13 Wittenberg Series continues at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 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. Kari Almdale, class of 2013 from Fort Wayne, Ind., 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 2012 Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas service includes O Day of Peace, a 15th century carol from C.M. Parry’s Jerusalem sung in middle English, Adam Lay Y Bounden, a new composition with Professor of Chemistry Kristin Cline, flute, O Nata Lux, and a Medieval carol sung in old English, There Is No Rose Of Sywch Vertu (Such Virtue).
The Wittenberg Choir and Wittenberg Singers will join forces to sing several pieces, including Ave Maria Stella by Mark Thomas and For Him All Stars Have Shown by Bob Chilcott. The Wittenberg Choir, the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra and the Wittenberg Flute Choir will collaborate on El Cielo Canta Alegria (The Heavens are Singing for Joy), a Christmas carol from Argentina.
In its 30th year, the Wittenberg Series continues to bring distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer