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King University News :: King College Choirs Present Choral Christmas Gift to Tri-Cities Region

The choirs of King College presented their musical gift to the Tri-Cities region on Friday, Dec. 9, with their annual Christmas concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn., where the music resounded throughout the remarkably beautiful sanctuary.

As a gift, to those who were unable to attend the concert this year, the concert was videotaped and placed on King College's YouTube site for viewing.

Each year, the choirs appeal to their attendees to bring a donation of non-perishable food items to help address the issue of hunger in our community. The food donations once again served to benefit the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. The donations this year amounted to 45 bags of food and more than $300.00 in cash.

The concert was a wonderful event for the entire community, said W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of music for King College. The choirs committed a great deal of time and practice rehearsing the wide range of Christmas music. We were delighted with the final performance. It would not have been possible were it not for the efforts of many others. We are especially thankful to First Presbyterian Church for their gift, allowing us to host our Christmas concert in such a magnificent sanctuary. We would also like to give special thanks to Randy and Nancy Cook, Ed Richards, John Clay, Finley Green, and Greg King for their help in making this concert such a special occasion.

Under the direction of Shea A. Clay, assistant director of music, and W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of music, the theme of this year's program was Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today, Christ is Born) and the musical selections represented Christmas traditions throughout history from the Middle Ages to the present. The concert consisted of a variety of traditional and contemporary holiday songs such as Deck the Halls and Stille Nacht (Silent Night) performed by the five different King choral ensembles. Participating groups included the Symphonic Choir, the Jazz and Gospel Choir, Women's Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and All The King's Men. Samantha Salyers, senior music education major from Richlands, Va., served as the student conductor for the concert.

As always, the concert concluded with all of the choirs performing together with the audience in a traditional rendition of Oh Come, All Ye Faithful.

Click here to view the 2011 Christmas concert as presented by the choirs of King College.