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D&E to present ‘Festival of Lessons and Carols’

November 21, 2012
dsp From Staff Reports , The Inter-Mountain

Davis & Elkins College will present a gift of music to the community with the "Festival of Lessons and Carols" on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature readings and musical performances by college faculty and staff and the choir.

The service will be a blend of lyrics, hymns, and readings all with the themes of light, hope and the birth of Christ.

Readers for the Lessons include: Benfield-Vick Chaplain at D&E and Associate Pastor at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church the Rev. Kevin Starcher, Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Peter Vial, and D&E students Jonathan Shaffer, Millie Omps, Victor Agbai, Sarah Marshall and Hunter Fath.

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The Davis & Elkins College Choir will perform at the ‘Festival of Lesson and Carols’ at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Musicians include: D&E artist-in-residence, pianist Jack Gibbons; Chancellor Dr. Michael Mihalyo; Instructor of Music and Pianist Donna Baroudi-Huffman; and the D&E Choir under the direction of Liz Marshall-McVean.

Gibbons will debut his original composition Carol ? The Lamb Child, Op. 95, and perform his variations on In Dulci Jubilo & Stille Nacht Op.11.

Selections the choir will perform from The First Light, Rejoice a Child of Hope is Born by Doug Holck and Tom Fettke are: When He Comes, You Can Trust God, The Prince of Peace, Lift Up your Eyes, and The First Light, the Thrill of Hope. The service will conclude with a six-fold Amen.

Members of the concert choir are: Reyka Cordelia Anthony, Wongel Belihu, Sophia Brakowiecki, April Brown, Elizabeth Chaar, Sara Davenport, Loran Davis, Melissa Denise, Renee Denise, Cassidy Dickens, Endi Frazier, Jennifer Fredell, Michael Good, Christian Gorrell, Katelynn Hanek, Kelsea Lane, Sarah Marshall, Elizabeth Morrison, Millie Omps, Robert Orr, Kara Parrack, Owen Peet, Taylor Prince, Thomas Robbins, Sarah Satterwhite, Zachary Snyder, Andre Soussan, Ashley Stitely, Ashlen Wilson, and Heather Wilson. The Choir is under the direction of Elizabeth Marshall-MacVean. Donna Baroudi-Huffman serves as accompanist.

A good will offering will be collected to help supply local food pantries.

For additional information, call the D&E Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 304-637-1212.