Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Returns to the College

The College’s Singers and Orchestra will present their annual Christmas program on Dec. 2.

The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra will hold their yearly Christmas program, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. with preludes starting at 3:15 p.m. Alumni from the Manhattan College Singers and the College’s Glee Club are invited to participate in the event, which is free and open to the public.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols is a unique hour-long seasonal celebration that combines traditional Christmas carols and Advent hymns with scripture readings and contemporary musical arrangements. Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, will present a reading and Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts, will offer a reflection during the event. The concert will feature selections from Handel’s Messiah, an excerpt from Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, and two carols by John Rutter. Keeping with tradition, the ensembles will also lead hymns, including a candlelit Silent Night, in which the congregation is invited to play a part.

Following the concert, the performers will walk by candlelight to the Quadrangle for the lighting of the College’s Christmas tree. The event will be followed by a reception in Smith Auditorium.

For more information about A Festival of Lessons and Carols, please contact Andrew Bauer, coordinator of performing arts, by email at or by phone at (718) 862-7254.