A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas
The A Cappella Choir, College Singers, Brass Ensemble, and Handbell Ensemble will present A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas on Sunday, December 3 at a time TBD and Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. in Grace Chapel. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Tuesday evening. Traditional Christmas carols and seasonal choral and instrumental selections are complimented by the intimate setting of LR’s Grace Chapel, making this event a time-honored holiday celebration for many in the region.
The program will be performed without applause and include diverse music. The A Cappella Choir will perform celebrated works by Handel, Duruflé, Pinkham, and F. Melius Christiansen as well as more recent compositions by William Todd, André Thomas, and Zebulon Highben. The College Singers will contribute music by Hassler, Poulenc, Carolyn Jennings, and David von Kampen’s new setting of “Love Came Down at Christmas,” which serves as the program’s title selection. The Handbell Choir will offer seasonal hymn arrangements and original works. The Brass Ensemble will lead congregational hymnody and perform selected movements from Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite.
Dr. Ryan Luhrs, the event’s artistic director, will lead the A Cappella Choir and College Singers. Collaborative artist Jeana Neal Borman and University organist Dr. Vince Crist will accompany the choirs. Dr. Christopher Nigrelli will lead the Brass Ensemble, and Spence Robertson will direct the Handbell Ensemble.
Seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets for all concert dates may be picked up at the LR Box Office located in PE Monroe Auditorium beginning Monday, November 7. The LR Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 9 – 6 p.m., through December 7. Please note that the box office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. Ticketholders are limited to a maximum of 4 tickets. Unused tickets should be returned to the box office an hour prior to each concert and will be made available to the public at that time. Call 828.328.7234 for ticket information. A free-will offering will be received at the conclusion of the program.