Lee mu­si­cians cel­e­brate ‘A Clas­sic Christ­mas’

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Lee Uni­ver­sity’s School of Mu­sic will present its 29th an­nual “A Clas­sic Christ­mas” on Sun­day, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. The per­for­mance will take place in Conn Cen­ter, 150 11th St. in Cleve­land, Ten­nessee.

“‘A Clas­sic Christ­mas’ will be an en­joy­able af­ter­noon for the com­mu­nity to be­gin the Christ­mas sea­son,” said Dr. Joshua Cheney, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of cho­ral mu­sic. “There will be ren­di­tions of some old hol­i­day fa­vorites like ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘ Have Your­self a Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas,’ ‘ White Christ­mas’ and ‘ It’s the Most Won­der­ful Time of the Year.’”

This year’s pro­gram will in­clude a va­ri­ety of sa­cred and sec­u­lar mu­sic from Amer­i­can com­posers rang­ing from clas­si­cal works by Dan For­rest to African-Amer­i­can spir­i­tu­als by Moses Ho­gan.

Con­cert­go­ers can also ex­pect a va­ri­ety of fa­mil­iar carols, such as “An­gels We Have Heard on High,” “The First Noel,” “Hark the Her­ald An­gels Sing,” “O Come, All Ye Faith­ful” and “Silent Night.”

The con­cert will fea­ture Lee ensem­bles Cho­ral Union, di­rected by Cheney; Cho­rale, di­rected by Dr. Wil­liam Green; Sym­phony Orches­tra, con­ducted by Robert Bern­hardt; and Hand­bell Choir, con­ducted by Laud Vaught.

The Chat­tanooga Girls Choir, di­rected by Joshua Golden, will be spe­cial guests. The Chat­tanooga Girls Choir is com­posed of nearly 150 girls from grades 1-12, rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mately 60 pub­lic and pri­vate schools.

Tick­ets for “A Clas­sic Christ­mas” have sold out, but in­ter­ested par­ties may call the Dixon Cen­ter Box Of­fice at 423- 614- 8343 to be placed on a wait­ing list. The per­for­mance will also be avail­able for livestream view­ing at l ivestream. com/ leeu.

LEE UNI­VER­SITY CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Left: Lee Uni­ver­sity singers, sym­phonic mu­si­cians and hand­bell ringers are part­ner­ing to present “A Clas­sic Christ­mas” on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Dec. 2.

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