Lycoming College Candlelight Service to include something for everyone

Lycoming College Candlelight Service to include something for everyone

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Following a long-held tradition, Lycoming College invites students, faculty, and the greater Williamsport community to ring in the holidays with its annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m., in Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus. The Rev. Spencer Sweeting of Williamsport’s City Alliance Church will lead the service.

Dubbed a “Service of Lessons and Carols,” the annual Christmas Candlelight Service includes musical performances from the College’s choir and chamber choir, under the direction of Daniel Hall, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Lycoming College; and from the College’s woodwind and brass ensembles, under the direction of William Ciabattari, Ph.D., associate professor of music and department chair. Jeff Johnson, also a member of the Lycoming College music faculty, will serve as organist.

The selected repertoire includes a variety of festive, classical, and celebratory pieces: “Veni Redemptor Gentium,” or “Come Redeemer of All,” one of the most ancient of all advent songs, is sung in the style of a Gregorian chant; “Masters in this Hall,” a festive, jaunty arrangement of a medieval Christmas carol; “Candlelight Carol,” by John Rutter, is traditionally sung during the service as the candles are lit; “Brightest and Best” (from Southern Harmony), arranged by Shawn Kirchner, is a rousing piece with exciting, celebratory rhythms, that feathers in some faculty string players.

Other Selections include:

  • Rock-a My Soul, arr. Stacey V. Gibbs
  • Mary Had a Baby, arr. Charles A. Black
  • Sing We Noel
  • Rockin’ Jerusalem, arr. André J. Thomas

Due to ongoing construction of the Krapf Gateway Center, parking for this year’s Candlelight Service is available on campus in the Academic Center (AC) Lot. If you have any questions or special parking needs, please contact Tracy Miles at 570-321-4347 or miles@lycoming.edu. A campus map can be viewed here.

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