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Alma Choirs Take Festival of Carols to Birmingham

“This will be a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the materialism of the season and take a moment to slow down and enjoy the cultural memories we all share.” — Will Nichols

The Festival of Carols, a cherished holiday tradition at Alma College, goes on the road for a special one-time performance in metro Detroit.

The more than 130 members of the Alma College Glee Club, College Chorale and Alma Choir, directed by Will Nichols and accompanied by pianist Tony Patterson and the Alma College Pipe Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at Birmingham First Presbyterian Church, 1669 W. Maple Road, Birmingham, Mich.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children 18 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased online. For ticket information, call (989) 463-7304.

“The Festival of Carols has long been a holiday tradition on the Alma College campus,” says Nichols. “It is a concert of the traditional music of the Christmas season — the sacred carols and songs so many of us grew up with and are a part of our common shared memories of Christmas.”

The program will include “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “In Dulci Jubilo (In Sweet Rejoicing),” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and much more.

“These carols, the sacred folk-music of Christmas, are a cultural legacy that extends across generations bringing people together as families and communities,” says Nichols. “The colorful lights and traditional Christmas music make for a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere.”

For 21 years, the Festival of Carol has been a focal point of Alma’s concert season, with sold-out audiences enjoying the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances traditionally held on the first weekend of December.

“We will celebrate the Christmas spirit,” says Nichols. “This will be a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the materialism of the season and take a moment to slow down and enjoy the cultural memories we all share.”

Alma College, a private residential liberal arts college of about 1,400 students, is located north of Lansing in the middle of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Story published on October 29, 2014