Manhattan College Presents A Festival of Lessons and Carols Christmas Celebration

The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra will host their Christmas program, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.

The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra will host their Christmas program, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers, with preludes beginning at 4:15 p.m. For the second year, alumni from the Manhattan Singers and the College’s glee club are invited to take part in the event, which is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

The hour-long program is a unique and festive celebration that combines traditional Christmas carols and hymns, readings from sacred Scripture and contemporary arrangements. Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, will present a reading and Andrew Skotnicki, Ph.D., chairperson of the religious studies department, will offer a reflection. The concert will feature three selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, the French Renaissance piece Allons, Gay Bergeres by Costeley and a jazz version of Carol of the Bells. Keeping with tradition, the ensembles will also lead hymns, including a candlelit Silent Night, in which the congregation is invited to participate.

Following the concert, the Singers will walk by candlelight onto the Quadrangle and light the College’s Christmas tree. The event will conclude with a reception in Smith Auditorium.

For more information about this event, please contact William Mulligan, coordinator of performing arts, at (718) 862-7254 or e-mail william.mulligan@manhattan.edu.