D&E to host festival of Lessons and Carols

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College will present its Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a blend of lyrics, hymns and readings, all with the themes of light, hope and the birth of Christ.

Readers will include the Rev. Kevin Starcher, D&E Benfield-Vick Chaplain and associate pastor at Davis Memorial; the Rev. Dr. Peter Vial, senior pastor at Davis Memorial; and D&E students Sarah Satterwhite, a senior from Farmington; Ashlen Wilson, a junior from Elkins; Sarah Planakis, a freshman from Fredericksburg, Va.; and Millie Omps, a senior from Paw Paw.

Musicians will include pianist Jack Gibbons, a D&E artist-in-residence; pianist Donna Baroudi-Huffman, instructor of music, and the Davis & Elkins College Choir under the direction of Liz Marshall-MacVea0n.

Gibbons will perform “Christmas Bells Opus 92” and his variations on “In Dulci Jubilo” and “Stille Nacht Opus11.”

The choir will perform “In the Singing, Giving and Listening,” “Let There Be Peace, Christmas Bells Opus 92,” “Angels Gloria and Joy in the Morning.”

A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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

Additional information is available at the Davis & Elkins College Box Office, 304-637-1255.