Xavier presents annual lessons and carols concert

The department of music merges with the office of campus ministry to present choral ensemble music | December 2, 2004

Choral ensembles from the department of music and office of campus ministry are combining to present the annual lessons and carols service on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Bellarmine Chapel.

The campus ministry choirs include the schola cantorum, 10:00 p.m. Mass choir and inaugural choir, all under the direction of Music Director Scot Buzza. Choirs from the
department of music are the concert choir and vocal chamber ensemble, both conducted by Tom Merrill, director for choral activities.

Joining the choirs is the Canterbury Brass, a professional brass ensemble based in Cincinnati. The service features all the choirs singing alone and in combination. The choral presentations alternate with readings from scripture, prayers and hymns.

Featured choral works include "Magnificat" by John Tavener, "Weihnachten" by Mendelssohn, "A prayer of the Middle Ages" by Hansen, "There is No Rose" by Sametz, "Ave Maris Stella" by Samuelsson as well as other choral compositions from the 16th-21st centuries.