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Catch the Holiday Spirit at Annual Candelight Concert Sunday

November 28, 2001

November 28, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - More than 200 student musicians at DePauw University will gather to ring in the month of December and the holiday season this Sunday, December 2. The DePauw Festival Choirs and the DePauw Symphony Orchestra will be performing their annual Candlelight Concert Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium in DePauw's Performing Arts Center.

The seasonal concert will feature English composer Ralph Vaughan Willliams' Hodie (This Day). Student vocal soloists will be Emily Lyday, Stephanie Harris and Casey Goodnight, sopranos. Narrations will be sung by Amanda Sidebottom, soprano and Robert Maril, tenor. Faculty soloists will be Leo Goeke, tenor, and Stanley Irwin, bass-baritone. Irwin has also prepared the choral forces for the performance as Director of DePauw Choirs.

“Vaughan Williams was eighty years old when he wrote this monumental work,” says Orcenith Smith, conductor of DePauw Orchestras and conductor of Sunday's performance. “His mature writing style brought about music that speaks in different styles from movement to movement. pac-winter.jpgThe text of the work documents the Biblical story of the Nativity and surrounds that story with wording by great English authors, such as John Milton, Thomas Hardy and George Herbert. Even though this music was written in the 1950's, Vaughan Williams' musical styles are tuneful and of great variety. We are excited to present this great Christmas music to the public.”

The one hour concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (765) 658-4388.

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