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November 29, 2004
Emory, Oxford events celebrate holiday season
BY Deb Hammacher
Emory will be alive with holiday spirit this December, as seasonally themed events—from chorale concerts to advent services to sing-alongs—will be held on the Atlanta campus and at Oxford College.
The highlights include:
• The Oxford Chorale Holiday Concert, Dec. 2–3, featuring Maria Archetto, director. Traditional carols and winter songs will mark the start of the festive holiday season. 8 p.m. $5 general admission, $4 all students. Chapel, Oxford College. 770-784-8389
• Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Dec. 3–4, featuring the Emory Chorus and Concert Choir (Eric Nelson, conductor). Since 1935, the peaceful choral offerings of this Emory holiday tradition have provided a perfect beginning to the yuletide season. An adaptation of the 12th century Christmas service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols brings community and chorus members together in a warm glow of candlelight for international seasonal music and scripture readings.
Highlights of the event include “Once in Royal David’s City” (University Chorus, Karen King, soprano solo); “Alleluya, A New Work is Come on Hand” (Concert Choir); “Hallelu” (Women of University Chorus); “Behold the Star” (University Chorus, Christina Howell, soprano); “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (congregational carol); “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (University Chorus). Dec. 3–4 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. $15 general admission, $12 discount groups, $5 students. Glenn Auditorium. 404-727-5050.
• Southern Folk Advent Service, Dec. 3–4, featuring the Meridian Chorale (Steven Darsey, director) and the Sonny Houston Band. The service is based on folk hymns from the historic Sacred Harp tune book, compiled in Georgia in 1844. Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Free. Old Church, Oxford College, 770-784-8389.
• Twelfth Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, Dec. 11–12, featuring James Flannery, director and host. This engaging event explores the Christmas traditions of Celtic lands and the Appalachian region in music, dance, poetry and song. The concert includes traditional musicians, singers and dancers from as far away as Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Dublin, as well as the premiere of a setting of W.B. Yeats’ “The Magi,” composed by music’s Steve Everett and performed by the Emory Dance Company with choreography by dance’s Lori Teague.
In addition to its regular lineup of popular regional performers, the concert also features for the first time a selection of medieval carols from Brittany (France) interpreted by the Emory Early Music Ensemble and Chorus under the direction of Jody Miller. 8 p.m. $20 reserved seating, $16 discount groups, $8 all students. Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050.
• Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Family Series Holiday Concert and Sing-Along, Dec. 12. 4 p.m. $4 general admission (four free tickets to Carlos Museum members, family level or above). Carlos Museum reception hall. 404-727-5050.