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Christmas Vespers Features New Twist

Chorale will perform uniquely American program in place of traditional British carols.

11/29/2006 9:30:38 AM

   

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s Chorale will add a new twist to its annual Christmas Vespers performance on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel.

The service, which is free to the public, will consist of genuinely American carols instead of the traditional British carols associated with lessons and carols programs.

"This is something different," said Randall Speer, director of Chorale and R-MWC associate professor of music. "The pieces are very American; we’ll have a number of Appalachian carols and some spirituals. These carols won’t be the same ones you’ll hear often during the Christmas season. They’ll have an early American flavor to them."

The program will also feature guest soloists Joshua Bell, baritone, and Marcia Jones Thom, soprano.

R-MWC’s Christmas Vespers program has been a practice for more than a decade and has become a community tradition. Part of that tradition is the popular candlelight procession, and audience participation in singing Christmas carols.

"Folks say it’s a wonderful way to start the Christmas season," Speer said.



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