Service of Lessons and Carols at Vassar Dec. 7

Choirs lead hymn and carol singing

The college’s annual “Service of Lessons and Carols,” a Christmas service of readings, choral anthems and congregational carols that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony, will be held in the Vassar Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 7.

This popular event is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The event begins at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will also be taken to support the college’s annual philanthropic campaign, Community Works, which provides funding to several Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations (see communityworks.vassar.edu).

The program, co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Department of Music, will feature Advent and Christmas scriptural readings and an ensemble of 170 singers, including members of the Vassar College Choir, Vassar College Women’s Chorus, the Madrigal Singers and the Cappella Festiva Treble and Chamber Choirs.

These choirs lead the congregational singing of hymns and carols and will also present anthems by Tomás de Luis de Victoria, Herbert Howells, Calvin Hampton, Caldwell & Ivory, Stephen Rickards, Mark Sirett and Eric Whitacre.

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Ave. in Poughkeepsie, and directions to the campus can be found at vassar.edu/directions.

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