Beloit College Choirs to perform Candlelight Celebration

Beloit College Choirs to perform Candlelight Celebration


BELOIT, WIS—One of the oldest musical traditions at Beloit College is its annual Candlelight Celebration at Eaton Chapel. This annual gift to the community offers rich and festive music from many cultures and countries. This year’s program of music and the spoken word will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, in Eaton Chapel on the campus of Beloit College with a prelude of organ and brass music at 3:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of choruses Charles Houmard has put together a program to usher in the holiday season. Three choral ensembles, the College Choir, Women’s Chorus and Chamber Singers, will perform throughout the evening. The evening will begin with the Women’s Chorus and harpist Julia Chybowski performing excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.” Selections will include “Wolcum Yole,” “That Yonge Child,” “As Dew in Aprille,” “This Little Babe,” “Spring Carol” and “Deo Gracias.”

The Chamber Singers and College Choir will continue with musical selections that reflect different cultures and span the centuries. Works included in the program are the “Carol of the Orphaned Children” by Claude Debussy, “Balulalow” by James, John and Robert Wedderburn and “Cantate Domino” by Dietrich Buxtehude.

The prelude will feature Beloit College Professor of Music Max Yount at the Eaton Chapel Aeolian Skinner organ. He will also conduct the Beloit College Brass Ensemble.

The guest reader for the performance will be Lee Fishman, poet and member of the English Department at Beloit College. She will present readings inspired by the variety of sacred and secular traditions celebrated during the season.

The celebration will close with Prof. Max Yount playing the organ with the audience invited to participate in the singing of favorite Christmas carols.

Like most performances at Beloit College, this concert is free and open to the public. Donations may be made at the door.

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