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FMU Concert Choir to present Christmas concert, Dec. 5

The Francis Marion University Concert Choir will present a Christmas concert, Sunday, Dec. 5.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, located at 1201 Cherokee Road in Florence. Admission is free and open to the public.

This concert is presented by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance in collaboration with the Florence Museum and the City of Florence Parks and Leisure Services Department as part of the Old World Music Concerts in the Park Series.

The choir is directed by FMU assistant professor of music Sue Butler Orr, and accompanied by Rebecca Culbertson.

The concert will begin with Divinum Mysterium in procession. This will be followed by a Basque carol, “Happy Bethlehem.”  Zac Calcutt, a student conductor from Florence, will direct the choir as it sings “As Lately We Watched,” with soloist Danielle Hodge of Hartsville, “Away In  A Manger,” and “The Holly and the Ivy.” The next selection, “Deo Gratias,” is by Noel Goemanne. “Before the Paling of the Stars” is a beautiful choral composition by Paula Foley Tillen, which features Jasmine Footman, a choir member from Johnsonville, on the flute.

Three students, Kristen Moore, soprano from Florence, Courtney Dease, tenor from Scranton, and Matt Brown, bass from Aynor, will sing  “Benedictus” from the Mass in G by Franz Schubert. The choir will then sing, “Fum, Fum, Fum,” a Spanish carol. Christian Weatherford, a soprano from Pamplico, is soloist in the Appalachian carol, “I Wonder as I Wander.”  “Still, Still, Still,” the Austrian carol, will be followed by three Christmas songs featuring percussionist Chip Culbertson. They are “Sing With Joy! Glory Hallelujah!” with Miko Fulmore of Georgetown as soloist, “African Gloria,” and “Bethlehem Hallelu.” The concert will close with a beautiful expression of reverence and awe and the single word “Alleluia” sung to music by Ralph Manuel.

#62 / 11-15-04

Last Published: November 15, 2004 5:39 AM
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