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Festival of Carols Celebrates Traditions of Christmas

The more than 110 members of the Glee Club, College Chorale and Alma Choirs perform the sacred carols of the Christmas season.

<em>The Alma College Choirs.<br><br></em>The Alma College Choirs.

The annual Festival of Carols at Alma College features the traditional music and sacred carols of the Christmas season — a choral holiday tradition spanning 22 years.

The more than 110 members of the Alma College Glee Club, College Chorale and Alma Choir, directed by Will Nichols and accompanied by pianist Tony Patterson and select instrumentalists, will present the 2015 Festival of Carols at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Remick Heritage Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, $5 for children and youth 18 and under, and free for Alma College students and staff. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

The program will include “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Zion Hears the Watchmen Calling,” “We Three Kings,” “Mary Had a Baby,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and much more.

In addition, the Alma Choir will sing the world premiere of “One by One,” a piece for choir and piano by Murray Gross, associate professor of music and director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. The song celebrates the observance of Hanukkah and the practice of the lighting of the candles in the menorah.

Watch the live Web stream of Sunday’s concert on the Alma College Website. 

Story published on December 01, 2015