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C of I to celebrate holiday season with tree lighting, music concerts

November 20, 2018
C of I Chorale and Sinfonia perform on stage in Jewett Auditorium

With December fast approaching, The College of Idaho will help ring in the holiday season with a number of popular events, including the Sixth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Monday, Nov. 26, the Feast of Carols on Wednesday, Nov. 28, the C of I Wind and Jazz Ensembles on Thursday, Nov. 29, and the Piano Studio on Friday, Nov. 30.

The Holiday Tree Lighting begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26, serving as the College’s first major post-Thanksgiving event. The campus’ central tree in front of Sterry Hall will be wrapped in vibrant purple lights, which will be kept illuminated each night following the lighting ceremony through the start of 2019.

The tree lighting is free to attend and open to the community. In addition to the lighting, hot drinks and holiday treats will be provided, as well as special keepsake ornaments and live holiday carols courtesy of C of I vocal music ensemble Major Sixth.

The Feast of Carols, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 in Jewett Auditorium, is one of the College’s largest concerts. The holiday concert features performances from each of the College’s vocal ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Major Sixth and Vocal Jazz Ensemble) and will also feature the College’s string ensemble Sinfonia, a student brass quintet, and organist Dr. Andrew Gades.

“This year’s Feast of Carols concert features repertoire ranging from old holiday favorites to newly composed carols,” C of I Director of Choral Activities Dr. Brent Wells said. “You’ll also hear masterworks of yesteryear from Edvard Grieg and Claudio Monteverdi alongside international holiday selections from Nigeria, the West Indies, and the Iberian Peninsula.”

The concert is free to attend and will be immediately followed by a post-concert reception on campus in the foyer of the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The C of I Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble will also hold their fall semester concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Langroise Recital Hall. The Piano Studio students will have their fall concert on the following evening at 7:30 on Friday, Nov. 30, also in the Langroise Recital Hall. Both concerts are free to attend and open to the public.

For more information about the C of I’s music programs, click here.

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