Xavier University’s department of music will present its annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service in Bellarmine Chapel on the Xavier campus at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 3. This service is free and open to the public. This service, modeled after the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, England, features scripture readings, congregational hymn singing, and the beautiful voices of Xavier Choral Ensembles. Featured choirs include Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Schola Cantorum and Harmonia Sacra Xavieriana. The choirs are under the direction of the Music department chair Tom Merrill, and Music Coordinator for University Events, Scot Buzza.
The Conaton Board Room in Xavier’s Schmidt Hall is being transformed into a Renaissance feasting hall complete with court nobles, musicians, heralding trumpets, elegant food and vocal music on Saturday Dec. 11 at 7 pm. The department of music presents the ninth annual Madrigal Dinner to raise money in support of the department’s year-round productions. Cost is $80 per person and includes an open bar. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 513-745-3801 by Dec. 1. After a cocktail hour, guests enjoy a traditional Elizabethan feast, seated at festively adorned tables. The Christmas meal includes Wassail (hot apple cider), Yorkshire pudding and traditional favorites. Xavier’s Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble performs during the event under the direction of Master of Ceremonies Tom Merrill, assistant professor of music. Singers and director all are dressed in Renaissance finery and provide musical entertainment throughout the evening.