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King University Christmas Concert Dec. 8 to Benefit Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2017 – King University invites the community to celebrate the Christmas season on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. as King’s choirs perform their annual Christmas concert at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., adjacent to School’s main campus. The gift of music has been a King University tradition for the past 50 years. Admission is free and open to all; attendees are asked to bring food or funds to benefit the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.

This concert is a chance for the choirs to showcase their skills and bring the community together during the Christmas season. W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities at King University, said, “The concert is an opportunity for our choirs to perform Christmas-themed music. The choirs perform both together and separately, accompanied and unaccompanied to produce a delightfully entertaining evening of music.”

The concert also allows the community to get into the holiday spirit as they will sing both sacred and secular Christmas-themed music. Flannagan adds, “The [sanctuary] at First Presbyterian Church is beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the acoustics of the [sanctuary] allow the choirs to perform in a cathedral-type setting.”

To conclude the concert, a 50-year tradition will continue as the choirs and congregation join together to sing a familiar Christmas carol.

“The music department asks all who attend to bring non-perishable food or make a donation to the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry,” says Flannagan. “The music faculty sees this concert as a Christmas gift to the Bristol community, and we have been very pleased with the generous spirit of the people who attend this concert.”

Following the concert, King University’s Office of the President will host a reception at the church.

For additional information, contact Pat Flannagan at 423.652.4846 or


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