Two holiday traditions will return in December at Monmouth College’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
MC’s “Christmas at Monmouth” musical celebration will be held Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The college’s Christmas Convocation will be held on Dec. 4 at 11 a.m.
Free and open the public, the convocation will be a traditional Christmas worship service, including the sacrament of Holy Communion and a candle lighting. The Monmouth College Chorale will perform special music, and Christmas hymns will be sung.
“Christmas at Monmouth” is also open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation at the door for non-students. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is usually limited.
Titled “A Rose E’er Blooming,” this year’s concert features the Chorale and Chamber Choir, both directed by Tim Pahel; the Concert Choir, directed by Pier Debes; and two student-led vocal ensembles, The Sassy Lassies and The Scotsmen. Instrumental performances by the Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Carolyn Suda, and the Winds, directed by Erin Alderson, will round out the program.
The Chorale will perform a variety of seasonal music, including the recently-published “A Choral Meditation on The Holly and The Ivy,” composed by college accompanist and adjunct faculty member Daniel Godsil. The Chamber Choir will perform music from the Renaissance through recently-composed works, including an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” and a vocal jazz arrangement by Darmon Meader of “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.”
Music from Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” will be sung by the Concert Choir, which will also present a humorous piece entitled “The 12 Days After Christmas” by Frederick Silver.
The Chamber Orchestra will perform a Baroque concerto by Arcangelo Corelli, while the Winds will play “Variants on a Medieval Tune” by Norman Dello Joio, as well as “Jingle Bells March” by Kenneth Soper.
The Sassy Lassies will perform “Carol of the Bells” and The Scotsmen will sing three works, including Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria.”
At the end of the concert, the choirs will combine with the Chamber Orchestra for a performance of “The First Nowell” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
The Rev. Dr. Teri Ott, the college’s chaplain, and 11 students will present readings throughout the event. Theatre professor Doug Rankin designed the lighting for the performance.