Bethany to share songs of the Christ child December 6

Carols from Presser Hall this December will be Bethany College’s special way of saying “Merry Christmas.” Jultide at Bethany, an annual musical event, will be December 6 at 4 p.m.

The music and readings, all based around the theme “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” lead the audience through the infancy of Christ, from the annunciation of Gabriel to the Virgin Mary up to the presentation of Jesus in the temple by his parents.

The free event will include performances by the Bethany College Choir and Chamber Choir, directed by Daniel Mahraun, D.M.A.; Bethany College Chapel Choir, directed by Jodi Frisbie, M.M., assistant professor of voice and choir; Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra, directed by Richard Koshgarian, D.M.A.; and the Bethany College
Handbell Ensemble, directed by Melody Steed, D.M.A.

The Bethany Choir will perform “What Sound is Heard on Earth” and “Righteous Jesus,” both arranged by Mahraun. During their performance of the “Domine Fili unigenite” movement from Vivaldi’s Gloria, the group will be joined by special guests from area high schools. The guest performers attended Bethany’s fall Bethania Choral Workshop and were accepted into their district choir.

The college/community orchestra will perform several selections, including “Allegro ma non troppo” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and “Andante” from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the Chapel Choir will sing arrangements of “Prepare the Way of the Lord” and “Emmanuel!.” The Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will perform “On This
Day, Earth Shall Ring.”

The audience will be invited to join in singing carols including “Wake, Awake for Night is Flying,” “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Other upcoming holiday events at Bethany include the Alternative Gift Market Dec. 4-5 and Christmas Candlelight Vespers Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. on Presser Hall stage. Musical events include the Dec. 8 Music Department Recital at 2 p.m. and the Bethany Jazz Ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.