This year, Covenant will host a Christmas concert followed by a dessert reception. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 in the chapel, and will include selections from Handel’s Messiah, Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, and the African song Betelehemu, among other works.
This Christmas concert takes the place of the traditional Madrigal Dinners. “With this being a year of transition in the music department, we thought it a good time to offer a different type of Christmas celebration,” says Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs. “As the music department grows, we will revisit the question of what type of celebration to host in future years.”
The themes for this year’s Christmas concert are “Light Everlasting” and “Peace of Christmas.” Conducted by Visiting Professors David Long and Lok Kim, the concert will feature much of the music department, including the Madrigal Singers and Renaissance Consort, the brass ensemble, an orchestra, the Covenant Chorale, and Visiting Music Professor Rosella Ewing. Christmas music from a variety of countries and cultures, as well as more traditional carols, will also be performed, with the audience singing along on some pieces.
“It promises to be a warm, worshipful evening of music,” says Dr. Hall, “and we hope that you will mark your calendar to join in this celebration of Jesus’ birth.”
The dessert reception will be held in the Great Hall immediately following the concert, and will conclude with all singing Silent Night. The suggested donation for the evening is $10 ($5 for students).