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King University to Celebrate the Christmas Season with Song

November 16, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2018 — Community members are invited to join the King University Music Department for a series of special events celebrating the Christmas season.

“Christmas Carols on the Oval” will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. King students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to this musical celebration featuring traditional Christmas carols. Lyric sheets will be available, and hot chocolate and cider will be served.

The following Sunday, Dec. 2, the ”Annual Lessons & Carols Service” will be held at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol. The service will weave carols of the season with scriptures and lessons that tell the story of Christmas.  Members of the university’s Symphonic Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, Jazz Choir, and Chamber Choir will share their vocal talents during this annual event. The choirs are directed by Professor of Music Pat Flannagan and Assistant Professor Shea Clay. Everyone is welcome, and those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.

The musical celebration will conclude with King’s Annual Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church will host this event, which is entitled “A Gift for the Community” and will feature members from each of King’s choral groups. Both familiar carols and new Christmas music will be performed. The concert will feature a string quartet and appearances by guest musicians Bryan Underwood, Jonathan Lugo, David Lugo, Madeline Lamb, and Natalie Lugo.  Jeremiah Pickard will serve as student conductor. In celebration of the concert’s them, those attending are invited to bring non-perishable items for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.