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C of I Feast of Carols set to ring in holiday season

The College of Idaho music department is prepared to ring in the holiday season with its annual choir concert, the Feast of Carols. This C of I tradition will showcase traditional Christmas music and other holiday favorites performed by the C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers, Sinfonia and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The Feast of Carols is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Jewett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be followed by holiday refreshments in the foyer of the adjacent Langroise Center.

C of I choral director Brent Wells said this year’s Feast of Carols program will feature a diverse repertoire of music ranging from classical to contemporary works.  

“I'm looking forward to the scope of holiday music represented this year,” Wells said. “We'll perform repertoire dating from the early 1600s to compositions published within the past year.”

The concert will include compositions by Monteverdi, Eric Whitacre, John Rutter and Benjamin Britten. Beloved holiday favorites such as “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Away in a Manger” also are on the program. Unique to this year’s concert is the debut of 2012 C of I graduate Danielle Danker’s choral piece entitled “Snow.” In addition to annual traditions – such as having the audience sing along with some carols – Wells is introducing several new twists, including a solo performance by student harpist Victoria Agee and a trio of singers performing Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” with a cello choir.

“I hope listeners will hear some familiar holiday classics that evoke fond memories of Christmases past,” Wells said. “And I also hope they enjoy the chance to hear some new and lesser-known seasonal works, to sing along with their favorite carols, and finally, to enjoy food and fun in the concert's aftermath.”

The Feast of Carols also will be streamed live online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream. For more information about the C of I music department and choral activities, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/music.

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 seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 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.