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Photo description: The University Wind Symphony warms up before Friday night’s concert begins. 

Photo credit: Concordia photo gallery

Hope Nelson

Sower Staff


The first Christmas at Concordia program on Friday featured songs both old and new performed by choral, instrumental, and handbell ensembles in a seamless manner, finishing with an extended round of applause from hundreds of attendees.

Groups featured in this year’s Christmas at Concordia performances include:

University Wind Symphony, directed by Professor Robert Cody

Male Chorus, directed by Professor Paul Soulek

Concordia Handbell Choir, directed by Professor Jessica Kite

University A Cappella Choir, directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen

Cantamus Women’s Choir, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Blersch

Each group listed performed two solo pieces; each choir joined with other choirs for selected hymn verses, and all five groups came together to finish the concert with a rendition of “Joy to the World” arranged by Blersch.

Other musical selections included hymns like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending,” as well as other choral and instrumental selections like Stephen Paulus’ “The Holly and the Ivy” and Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

Three additional Christmas at Concordia performances will take place at St. John Lutheran Church this weekend. These will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Look for more Christmas at Concordia content in the November/December issue of the print CUNE Sower newspaper!

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