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Lebanon Valley College’s Christmas at the Valley Scheduled for December 8
11.26.13 |
Lebanon Valley College’s 59th Annual Christmas at the Valley holiday program, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” will be held in Lebanon Valley College’s Miller Chapel on Dec. 8 at 3 and 7 p.m. Concert preludes will begin at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., and a post-concert holiday reception will be held in the Mund College Center after both performances. The program is being held a week later than the traditional first-Sunday-of-December date due to the later Thanksgiving this year. 

The 7 p.m. Candlelight service will be live-streamed at The 3 p.m. service is typically a standing room only event; please consider attending the evening service.

Admission is free and open to the public, and a free will offering will be collected to benefit Operation Santa Claus in Lebanon County. More than $46,500 has been raised over the past 21 years in support of Operation Santa Claus, which provides food, clothing, and toys for less fortunate families in Lebanon County during the holidays.

An instrumental prelude will feature the College’s Handbell Choir, conducted by Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, and student organists.

A combined College, Chamber, and Concert Choir will perform Hans Leo Hassler’s six-voice, late-Renaissance motet, “Verbum caro factum est” (The Word was made flesh). During the Seventh Lesson, the men of the choirs will sing a TTBB arrangement of “Silent Night” by Miles Ramsay, accompanying the reading of the lesson.

The College Choir, conducted by Michael Wojdylak, will feature the American anthem “Boston” by William Billings, a wonderful setting of Christina Rosetti’s poem “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Bob Chilcott, Francis Poulenc’s motet, “Salve Regina,” and the Roland M. Carter arrangement of the traditional spiritual, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

The Chamber Choir will perform Darmon Meader’s arrangement of “Coventry Carol” and settings of the Welsh carol, “Suo Gân” and the French carol, “Il est né le divin enfant” by Everett Reed.

The Concert Choir, conducted by Mark Mecham, will premiere an arrangement of “Away in a Manger,” written for the Concert Choir this year by professor emeritus of music, Robert Lau ’65. The Concert Choir will also present two settings of the “Ave Maria” text: one by the Renaissance Spanish mystic, Tomas Luis da Victoria, the other by the contemporary Transylvania-born Hungarian composer, György Orbán. In addition, they will sing a new arrangement of “What Child Is This?” by Lindsay Goodman and Peter Warlock’s rousing anthem, “Benedicamus Domino.”

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators-including President Lewis E. Thayne-will read “The Nine Lessons,” with introductory remarks and benediction offered by Rev. Paul M. Fullmer, College chaplain.

Choirs and congregation will then join in singing “Once in Royal David’s City,” “The First Noel,” and “Silent Night” with a descant by Bernell W. Hales.

Immediately following, alumni from the choirs will be invited to join in the singing of the traditional English carol, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 

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