Classic Christmas this Sunday
Lee University’s School of Music will present its 27th annual “A Classic Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center.
“We are looking forward again to our annual Christmas program this year,” said Dr. Jonathan Rodgers, assistant professor of choral music at Lee. “Featuring a wide variety of music for the Christmas holidays, the program is sure to lift the hearts and spirits of all in attendance, whether listening to selections from Handel's ‘Messiah,’ singing Christmas carols together, or hearing the Luke 2 Christmas story, there is something for everyone.”
This year’s concert will feature Lee’s Choral Union, directed by Rodgers; Lee Chorale, directed by Dr. William Green; Lee Handbell Choir, directed by Laud Vaught; Lee's Symphony Orchestra, directed by Robert Bernhardt; and Lee’s Brass Choir, directed by Dr. Nathan Warner, plus a special surprise featuring student soloists.
The afternoon performance will include some holiday favorites and a carol sing-along of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Movements from G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed by Choral Union. Lee’s Dr. Lenena Brezna will serve as the soprano soloist for this piece.
The concert will also feature The Chattanooga Girls Choir, conducted by LuAnn Holden, associate professor of music education at Lee. The local choir, comprising nearly 150 school-aged girls, has performed in several countries including England, Italy, France, and Austria, among others.
“At Lee, we have so many fine, hardworking students, and this year's program will certainly spotlight them,” said Rodgers. “We hope to see members from all over our community come out and join us for a wonderful afternoon of Christmas music put on by these incredibly talented students.”
According to Rodgers, because of a surprise, less-traditional opening, attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.
The concert is a free event and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved at the Dixon Center Box Office, Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m. or by phone at (423) 614-8343.
Following the concert, donations will be taken at the door to help the victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires.
For more information about the event or Lee’s School of Music, call (423) 614-8240, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit music.