Owensboro, Ky. (October 29, 2012) – The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers, Chamber Singers and Wesleyan Chorale will present the second annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on November 29 at St. Stephen Cathedral at 610 Locust Street and on November 30 and December 1 at Third Baptist Church at 527 Allen Street. The Festival begins at 7 p.m. each evening. The Chorale is a new choir that includes faculty, staff, students and community members. For reservations, contact Lou Ann Bowersox at 270-852-3104. The admission fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a tradition begun in England on Christmas Eve in 1880, weaves scripture readings and carols of the season in stirring homage to the birth of Christ. A much-beloved version of the festival began at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918, and is broadcast world-wide every Christmas Eve.
“The Festival is a marvelous way to begin the Christmas season together,” said President Craig Turner. “We look forward to sharing the joy of this holy season in two of Owensboro’s most beautiful venues.”
Professor Paul E. Oakley shared, “We were overwhelmed with the community’s enthusiastic response to our first Festival of Lessons and Carols last year and the encouragement of so many to make it our new Christmas tradition. We are grateful that it has already found a place in the Owensboro celebrations of Christmas.”
The Festival will be conducted by Professor Oakley, artistic director, and Professors Dennis Jewett and Steven Pederson. Joy Mefford Malone will provide piano and organ accompaniment with a variety of instrumentalists. The Festival will include many familiar pieces, including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” along with a wide array of holiday music from many centuries and countries.
For further information and reservations, contact Lou Ann Bowersox at 270-852-3104.