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Christmas Concert Features BC's Best

The annual "celebration of Christmas" is the season finale for the music department and features traditional favorites from a wide variey of groups.

BME concert in Union Church - Site of annual Christmas celebration

Union Church, candlelit and beautifully decorated in wreaths, banners and greens, is the site for Sunday's December 5 performance.

The concert begins at 7:30 with the Recorder Ensemble's performance of a 4 piece Anthony Holborne suite, written in 1599. Instructor Gale Heard's Women’s Chorus will follow with familiar favorites including "The First Noel" and "Winter Wonderland". The newly formed brass quintet and saxophone quartet will then bring a pair of holiday classics: "Christmas Song" and "Frosty the Snowman". The Concert Choir is scheduled to perform a four piece set as well, immediately followed by the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers.

New to the annual concert, a faculty-and staff choir will present a three piece routine including two selections from Vivaldi's "Gloria". Dr Charles Turner's flute quartet and Jazz Ensemble will follow with "A Christmas Jazz Suite", and tunes from a "Charlie Brown Christmas". The Bluegrass Ensemble will also perform three traditional Appalachian holiday songs and the Black Music Ensemble rounds out the event with "Worthy is the Lamb" and "Rejoice". A special closing carol, with musical accompaniment from the Wind Ensemble, will include four of the major performing groups.

"For many of the ensemble members the Christmas Concert is their favorite concert of the year," Turner stated in a recent interview. "The concert is a very special event in the life of the Berea College community. Also, for me, music is an important part of the celebration of Christmas."

The 90 minute show is preceded by traditional organ carols by college organist and carillonneur John Courter. Patrons are encouraged to come early and sing along.

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