Classic Christmas To Take Place Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
“A Classic Christmas” will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center
“A Classic Christmas” will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center

Lee University’s School of Music will present its 28th annual “A Classic Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center. 

“This year’s Classic Christmas program promises to be an enjoyable afternoon of Christmas music for the entire family,” said Dr. Jonathan Rodgers, assistant professor of choral music. “We welcome to the Conn Center stage Babbie Mason as our special guest artist and also anticipate our collaboration with local schools in making this truly a community event.” 

This year’s concert will feature Lee’s Choral Union, directed by Dr. Rodgers; Chorale, directed by Dr. William R. Green, Lee University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Robert Bernhardt; Brass Choir, directed by Dr. Nathan Warner; and Lee Handbell Choir, directed by Dr. Laud Vaught. 

The afternoon performance will include a variety of classic holiday favorites, including Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” which will feature student soloists and music from the popular Christmas movies “The Polar Express” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 

Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated, American gospel singer and songwriter, Babbie Mason, will present a special set during the performance. Ms. Mason has led worship for national and international events hosted by Billy Graham, Charles Stanley, and Anne Graham Lotz, among others. She is an artist-in-residence at Lee. 

The concert will also feature local high school choirs from Cleveland High School and East Hamilton High School, who will help open and close this year’s program. 

“The immense level of talent from the School of Music will be on display in a true feast for the ears and eyes, and we look forward to sharing months of hard work with our community,” said Dr. Rodgers. “We are thankful for the tradition that Classic Christmas has become for many in our community, and we appreciate the enthusiastic support of Lee and the students in the School of Music. This is truly our gift to the community.” 

Tickets are sold out, but interested parties may call the Dixon Center Box Office at 614-8343 to be placed on a waiting list for any tickets that become available. The evening’s performance will also be available to livestream at https://livestream.com/leeu

For more information about the event or the Lee University School of Music, call 614-8240, email music@leeuniversity.edu, or visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/academics/music/.



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