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Christmas Concert at McPherson College Features Classic Benjamin Britten Works

posted Dec 03, 2013 in CAMPUS EVENTS

Everyone is invited to a special performance of Christmas music from the McPherson College Choir on Sunday, Dec. 8

The performance – "Christmas at McPherson: Music for Harp and Choir, A Service of Lessons and Carols" – will begin at 7 p.m. in the McPherson Church of the Brethren.

The music for the service is by the contemporary British composer, Benjamin Britten. “A Ceremony of Carols” op. 28 was originally written as a series of unconnected songs, but was later connected into one unified piece with a processional and recessional chant. A solo harp based on these chants are worked through the compositions and repeated motifs from the opening work - “Welcom Yole!” - serve to further connect the pieces.

Written in 1942 during a transatlantic voyage, Britten’s “cantata” is based on Middle English, Latin and Modern English Poetry all found in “The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems” (ed. Gerald Bullett).

The McPherson College Choir is directed by Dr. Josh Norris, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. A free-will offering will be received at the door to help underwrite expenses of the concert.

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