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Lessons and Carols keeps to tradition

The audience and performers sing by candlelight in the Ascension Chapel. Photo courtesy of Augustana College.

Augustana implements many different events to bring the holiday spirit to campus. One of the many traditions is the annual Lessons and Carols performance.

Taking place in Ascension Chapel, on Dec. 17 from 4-5pm and 8-9 pm, Lessons and Carols will be retelling the birth of Jesus Christ through readings and music.

The intimate setting of the chapel allows for the performances to be a warm and inviting experience. The two groups performing alongside traditional readings are the Augustana Chamber Singers and the Ascension Ringers led by Jon Hurty and Larry Peterson, respectively.

Both ensembles are known for their participation in this event and add a musical element to the interactive stories that are told.

“Lessons and Carols is a service that dates back to 19th century England,” said Aaron Humble, assistant professor of music. “It combines biblical lessons about the birth of Christ with carols.  Nowadays, the carols can be familiar Christmas carols, new compositions that fit the text, or other pieces of art music.”

Both faculty and students are very fond of the tradition, including Dr. Humble, who is new to Augustana’s choir department.

“My students are bright and motivated…It’s fun singing with the students for Lessons and Carols.  I made my career in chamber and ensemble music, and it’s nice to share this experience with the students,” said Humble. Humble previously performed as a member of Cantus, a premier men’s vocal ensemble.

Lessons and Carols is the perfect way to enjoy the original roots of what Christmas is all about. Early arrival is recommended due to the popularity of the event. Admission is free.

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Lessons and Carols keeps to tradition