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Lycoming College students, faculty, alumni, friends, and the greater Williamsport community are invited to celebrate the holidays at the College’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. John Piper, Jr., professor emeritus of history and College historian, presiding over the service. This year’s celebration has been relocated to a larger venue at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St. in Williamsport, allowing for increased distancing between families in attendance.
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, D.M.A., assistant professor of music at Lycoming College; and from the College’s woodwind and brass quintets, under the direction of William Ciabattari, Ph.D., associate professor of music and department chair. Jeffrey 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: The Work of Christmas by Dan Forrest; Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Howard Helvey; Hallelujah Chorus; and Away in a Manger, arr. Mack Wilberg. Other selections include Gabriel’s Message Does Away by Kevin Hildebrand; Go Tell it on the Mountain; Sans Day Carol, arr. Pete Churchill; and more. Attendees will also enjoy a brass quintet and organ music as a prelude to the service, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In observance of the College’s COVID-19 protocols, all attendees are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Reservations are not needed. Please contact Tracy Miles at 570-321-4347 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the service.