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Feast of Carols showcases musical talent at C of I

The Feast of Carols is a longstanding College of Idaho tradition that rings in the holiday season with a musical celebration. This year, new choral director Dr. Brent Wells hopes to take the tradition to new heights. The Feast of Carols has been moved to Jewett Auditorium to accommodate a larger crowd, and Wells hopes to fill the building with guests both from campus and the Treasure Valley community for this year’s concert, which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Admission is free.

“Our goal is to make the Feast of Carols a community event to really kick off the holiday season,” Wells said. “And from a campus standpoint, we tried to incorporate many different groups and showcase as much of our music department as possible in one concert.”

The Feast of Carols is a 90-minute concert featuring the C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers directed by Wells, the C of I Sinfonia directed by Samuel Smith, C of I Vocal Jazz directed by Marianne Saunders and the visiting Borah High School CDVE choir directed by Heather Prinzing. The audience will have opportunities to participate as well, singing along to some popular carols. The concert will be followed by a reception featuring hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas cookies in the adjacent Langroise Center Foyer.

“We want to give the audience familiar music that they can sing along with,” Wells said. “But we also hope to introduce new repertoire, and some variety that showcases the musical talent we have here at the College.”

Special numbers include a collaborative performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat by the Chamber Singers, Sinfonia and Borah High School, as well as the C of I Chorale performing a composition written specifically for the Feast of Carols by Dwight Bigler, a Blackfoot, Idaho native who serves as director of choirs at Virginia Tech University.

The Feast of Carols is one of many musical events taking place on the C of I campus over the next week. The College also will host the C of I Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert (Dec. 1), Sinfonia Concert (Dec. 2), C of I Piano Studio Recital (Dec. 3) and Chamber Music Concert (Dec. 5).  All concert events are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. inside Langroise Recital Hall. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/music.

The College also will host Caldwell Fine Arts’ Nutcracker, performed by the Eugene Ballet, on Dec. 6. For tickets and information, visit the Caldwell Fine Arts website.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.