Brevard College Presents the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 7th

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The Brevard College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. David Gresham, invite you to the 22nd annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 7th in The Porter Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The annual service follows in the tradition of the longstanding ceremony held at King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the Festival was introduced just over one hundred years ago by a former army chaplain as a response to World War I. The ceremony alternates biblical readings chronicling the prophecy and birth of Christ with carols that illuminate a part of the previous reading.

“This is one of the most meaningful events in the life of the college, and I’m honored to be a part of the 22nd celebration of Lessons and Carols at Brevard College,” Gresham says.

The program at Brevard College includes the original readings, along with supplemental carols selected by the director, Dr. David Gresham.

As is traditional, the ceremony opens with “Once in Royal David’s City,” sung first by a soloist, with the choir and congregants joining in later verses. The conclusion of the program is a beautiful arrangement of “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) sung by candlelight.

Brevard College is consistently recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges. The College’s focus on experiential learning, small class sizes, and location in the mountains of Western North Carolina near Asheville make Brevard a top choice college for students around the world.