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King University News :: King College Choral Christmas Program to Benefit Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

The choirs of King College will offer a musical gift with their annual Christmas concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn., on Friday, Dec. 9. In an effort to address the issue of hunger in our community, the show will once again serve as a benefit for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. Admission is open to the public and all who attend are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. Monetary donations to the Pantry will also be accepted.

The theme of this program is Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today, Christ is Born) and the musical selections will represent Christmas traditions throughout history from the Middle Ages to the present. The concert will consist of a variety of traditional and contemporary holiday songs such as O Come all Ye Faithful and Santo, Santo (Holy, Holy) performed by the five different King choral ensembles. Participating groups include the Symphonic Choir, the Jazz and Gospel Choir, Women's Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and All The King's Men.

The program will be under the direction of Shea A. Clay, assistant director of music, and W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of music. Samantha Salyers, senior music education major from Richlands, Va., will serve as the student conductor for this concert.

As always, the concert will conclude with all of the choirs performing together and then an audience sing-along of a traditional Christmas carol.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. For more information, please contact Pat Flannagan at 423.652.4846 or