The concert will also be streamed online at www.livestream.com/bethanyevents?t=466496.
The program is the college’s way of wishing the local communities a happy holiday. The free event will include performances by numerous Bethany College Department of Music ensembles.
The Bethany College Choir, directed by Dr. Jeffery Wall, will perform Magnificat by Stanford, Calm on the Listening Ear of Night by Clausen, Song of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus by Charpentier, and Walter Pelz’s Good Christian Friends Rejoice. During Calm on the Listening Ear of Night 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 Bethany Chapel Choir directed by Dr. Daniel Masterson, will perform Schubert’s Ave Maria, and Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day arranged by John Rutter.
Several instrumental ensembles will perform as well, including the Bethany College Lindsborg Community Orchestra, Handbell Ensemble, and the Brass Ensemble. The Bethany Handbell Ensemble, directed by Dr. Melody Steed, will perform fun and familiar arrangements titled Kling Glocken, Kling and Bell Carol Fantasy and the Brass Ensemble, directed by Dr, Jared Chase, will perform jazz inspired arrangements of O Come all Ye Faithful and Silent Night.
The Bethany College Lindsborg Community orchestra, directed by Dr. Richard Koshgarian, will accompany the choir’s on several works as well as perform several selections including Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival. The audience will be invited to join in singing traditional carols. Jultide will conclude with everyone performing Robert Russell Bennett’s popular The Many Moods of Christmas.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.