Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College’s annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.
The Coe Chorale, directed by Fred Kiser, will perform traditional anthems during the services. New this year will be music performed by the Coe College Handbell Ensemble, directed by Brett Wolgast. Many Coe students will be featured with vocal and instrumental solos. The services follow the grand British Lessons and Carols tradition and are patterned after that of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England. In the services, hymns and carols are used in place of psalms and canticles. Through the message of the scriptures and verses of the carols and anthems, participants are given a beautiful perspective on the meaning of the Christmas season.
Both the Christmas Convocation and the Christmas Vespers will include the story of Jesus’ birth presented in lessons read throughout the presentation by Coe College Chaplain Kristin Hutson, as well as students, faculty and staff members. Audience members will be invited to join in singing several of the Christmas hymns and carols, including the traditional favorites “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.”
Music to be performed includes “African Noel” by Victor Johnson, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Burning” arranged by Russell Robinson, “Tidings of Joy” arranged by Lloyd Larson, and “Go Where I Send Thee!” arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. Other pieces to be performed include “The Wexford Carol” arranged by Ruth Ellen Schram, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” arranged by Harry Simeone, and “Ave Maria” by Andrea Gabrieli.
The Coe College Music Department and Office of the Chaplain are co-sponsoring the services. For more information, please call 399-8581.