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King University Christmas Concert Dec. 11 to Benefit Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

BRISTOL, Tenn., Dec. 1, 2015 – King University’s Music Department will offer a harmonious gift with their annual Christmas concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn., on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The concert 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 for the Food Pantry will also be accepted. 

Five different choral ensembles and King’s Jazz Band will be performing Christmas favorites and traditional seasonal music including songs in the styles of classical sacred, jazz, spirituals, traditional carols, do-wop, secular Christmas music, and barbershop. There will be music for all ages.

“This concert is a wonderful event for the entire community,” said W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of music and director of choral activities at King University. “The choirs and Jazz Band commit a great deal of time rehearsing the wide range of Christmas music. We are especially thankful for First Presbyterian Church for their gift, allowing us to host our Christmas concert in such a magnificent sanctuary.”

The program will be under the direction of W. Patrick Flannagan, Shea A. Clay, assistant professor of music, and Lonny Finley, director of bands and instrumental activities at King. Student conductors for this concert are seniors senior Caitlin Poe of Bristol, Va., Rebekah Triska of Bristol, Tenn, Alissa King of Bristol, Tenn., and Guilherme Muller of Bristol, Tenn., along with junior Nathan Jones of Bristol, Tenn.

For additional information, contact Pat Flannagan at 423.652.4846 or


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