Candlelight Concert at Beloit College

Candlelight Concert at Beloit College


BELOIT, WIS—Beloit College’s musical organizations and faculty will present the annual Candlelight Concert as a gift to the community on Sunday, Dec. 9 in Eaton Chapel. This winter concert of holiday spirits, feelings, blessings, war and love will be initiated by a 30-minute prelude at 3:45 p.m., and the concert will start at 4:15 p.m.

This year’s concert will reflect many of the emotions and feelings of the past fall. Prof. Graeme Cowen has assembled a series of readings from sacred books and music spanning centuries. The Beloit College Choir, chamber singers and women’s chorus will perform under his direction.

The prelude, a tradition which has developed in recent years, will feature Prof. Max Yount on the aeolian skinner pipe organ, the antique positiv organ, and the harpsichord in works drawn from five centuries. The program will range from works by John Bull and Antonio Vivaldi to settings of a 15th-century carol by Gustav Holst. Prof. Yount will be joined in the program by first-year student Aaron Goldhammer, and John Meyers, conductor of the Beloit College Jazz Band, on trumpet.

The concert will begin at 4:15 with a reading of “For the Beauty of the Earth” which will then be captured in the John Rutter musical setting. Other readings in the program will be drawn from the Old and New Testament and from the sacred Koran.

From Josquin Desprez and Praetorius to the contemporary compositions of John Rutter and arrangements by the King singers, the hour-long concert will reflect the greatest music written for the holiday period. Works will include arrangements of “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “There Is No Rose,” “The Carol of the Bells” and the Shaker tune, “The Gift to be Simple.”

The festive celebration of Hanukkah, which will start that evening, will be acknowledged with the round in Hebrew Hineh Ma Tovuh, which asks all to “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for all people to live in unity.” Readings and works by Handel from the oratorial Judas Macebeas will add to that celebration.

The audience will be invited to join in traditional Christmas carols, scattered throughout the program.

The concert is free and open to the public, and children are especially welcome.

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