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Feast of Carols rings in the C of I concert season

November 25, 2014

It is the time of year when one seems to hear words of good cheer from everywhere, filling the air on The College of Idaho campus.

With joyful ring, the C of I music department is kicking off the holiday season in silver tinsel fashion. The Feast of Carols, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Jewett Auditorium, highlights a series of holiday concerts that will delight young and old, meek and the bold.

The Feast of Carols will include performances by the C of I Chamber Singers and Chorale as well as the a cappella sextet Major Sixth. The C of I Sinfonia also will join the choirs in this annual holiday tradition. The free concert is open to the public and will be followed by holiday refreshments in the foyer of the adjacent Langroise Center.

“The concert will explore carols from around the world, including Nigeria and the Caribbean, along with traditional carols we all love and enjoy,” said C of I music professor Dr. Brent Wells. “There will also be opportunities for audience members to sing along to their favorite carols.”

Some of the highlights include the newly commissioned concert opener “Sing We Now of Christmas” by acclaimed composer Kirk L. Marcy. Also, don’t miss the atmospheric composition “Northern Lights” sung by the chamber singers, which creates a haunting soundscape through voices, hand bells, and tuned crystal glasses.

The Feast of Carols—which will be streamed live at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream—is one of several C of I concerts in December. The Sinfonia (Dec. 2), Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble (Dec. 4), Piano Studio (Dec. 6) and Chamber Music (Dec. 7) groups also will give live public performances on campus. Each of those shows begins at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. For more info about the C of I music department and student ensembles, 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.