Jultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.
This year’s performance, “A Scandinavian Christmas,” is a celebration of the Scandinavian heritage of the Smoky Valley area and will feature music and dance from Scandinavian composers. A St. Lucia procession consisting of four ages of St. Lucia and Star Boys will begin the concert. Featured music will include “Jul, Jul” and “Nu är det jul igen,” among others.
The Swedish Folk Dancers and Lindsborg Folkdanslag as well as members of the Soderstrom Elementary fourth grade will all perform traditional Scandinavian dances. Music ensembles performing include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.
For many decades, this event, formerly known as “An Hour of Christmas” signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in the Smoky Valley. Admission is free, although free will offerings will be accepted.