Barry McNamara  |   Published November 24, 2015

Three holiday events

College to host ‘Christmas at Monmouth,’ traditional convocation, new Living Windows
  • The annual “Christmas at Monmouth” program is one of three holiday events happening in December.
On the heels of its production of “The Nutcracker,” Monmouth College will continue the holiday spirit with three special events in early December.
  On Dec. 1, the college will present its annual Christmas Convocation at 11 a.m. in Dahl Chapel. Free and open to the public, the traditional candlelight and communion Christmas service will feature music by the Monmouth College Chorale and a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Teri M. Ott, college chaplain.   On Dec. 5, the college will host its annual “Christmas at Monmouth” program at 7:30 p.m. in Dahl Chapel. Although admission is free, organizers suggest a $5 donation for non-students.   The Chorale will be featured, along with the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Monmouth Winds. Music will include seasonal selections of all kinds, from classical to traditional to contemporary. Each ensemble will perform separately, but also all will combine at the end of the concert for Christmas carols. In addition, there will be audience sing-along carols and readings by students and faculty members.   “The students love this concert because they get to sing Christmas music and because they know it is our best-attended and most special concert of the year,” said associate professor of music Tim Pahel. “They love the Christmas lighting and being able to get into the Christmas spirit at this time of year.”   Earlier on Dec. 5, the Monmouth College theatre department will present Living Windows and Holiday Festival, an event in downtown Monmouth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.   In the windows of the Fusion Theatre, located at 230 South Main, and directly across the street, scenes from “The Nutcracker” will be staged. A variety of holiday activities, including holiday crafts, cookie decorating and the showing of beloved holiday films, will be hosted inside the Fusion Theater.   “This year’s holiday production of ‘The Nutcracker’ continued the longstanding collaboration between Monmouth College and the Buchanan Center for the Arts, and extended and strengthened that partnership to include Arlene Smith’s Dancers’ Studio,” said assistant professor of theatre Vanessa Campagna, who directed “The Nutcracker.”   She continued, “The department of theatre is incredibly pleased to engage with the community a second time this holiday season through hosting this holiday festival, in collaboration with Susan Twomey. We hope to see many community members join in the celebration.”
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