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College Choir Presents Annual DecemberSong Performance

December 01, 2014

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Saint Anselm College choir performs its annual December concertIn the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, the Saint Anselm College choir offers an evening of peaceful reflection through seasonal readings and music with its annual DecemberSong program on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church.

The program begins in darkness with candlelight and a contemplative song and progresses through the Advent and Christmas seasons from "Ave Marie" to "O Come to Us, Emmanuel" to "Joy to the World."

Choir director, Father Bede Camera, O.S.B., wants the program to spiritually prepare the audience for whatever the month of December may bring.

"Ever since I began my career as a sacred musician, I have always felt that what people need the most is to receive a greater measure of healing and peace than they can get from the outside world, and that belief has been at the core of the music I've taught our students to sing and to love. "

For the 28th season, Robert Aldrich '01 returns as assistant to the director while Bro. Andrew Thornton, O.S.B., and Lyle Hamel '03 accompany the 70-member student choir.

Admission to DecemberSong is free and open to the public, but plan to arrive early for parking and seating.

The Saint Anselm Choir has been singing liturgies in the Abbey Church since 1987. Each year the choir presents two free concerts: December Song and an annual spring concert. In addition, the choir performs during important moments in the life of the college community such as at family weekend, new student orientation, and the nurse pinning ceremony.

This year's annual spring concert is Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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