Andrews University Singers Welcome Christmas

   Howard Performing Arts Center
   Fri, December 7, 2018 @ 07:00 pm - 09:30 pm
    Howard Performing Arts Center

2018 "Welcome Christmas" presents the annual choral Christmas concert conducted by Stephen Zork, entitled "When You Come"—a garland of Christmas carols proclaiming and reliving the advent and gospel of Jesus Christ as portrayed through scripture and oral traditions throughout the ages. The collaborative concert will feature Andrews University Department of Music ensembles: Singers, Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and tenor Charles Reid, associate professor of voice and artist-in-residence at Andrews University. The Andrews University Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Chris Wild.

Numerous seasonal favorites will be featured such as "Christmas Dinner" and "When You Come, We Will Shout Hallelujah!" arranged by Stephen Zork for choir and orchestra. Fresh settings of traditional carols will include Dan Forrest’s "O Come, Let Us Adore Him," John Rutter’s "Shepherd’s Pipe Carol," Courtney’s evocative arrangement "Mary Did You Know?" and Peter Anglea’s lyrical setting of "Silent Night." The centerpiece of the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" for which he took familiar modal English Christmas tunes and enriched them with his Romantic, harmonic language and a variety of instrumental combinations. In it, Vaughan Williams’ selected Christmas Carols include "The Truth Sent from Above," "Come All You Worthy Gentlemen," "On Christmas Night," "There Is a Fountain," and "God Bless the Ruler of this House." For "Fantasia on Christmas Carols," the Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University Singers and vocal soloist Charles Reid. 

"Welcome Christmas" will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, Dec. 7, in the Howard Performing Arts Center. This is a “full-house” event; doors will open promptly at 6:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be received. No admission charges.