November 22, 2011
Lake Erie College Presents Annual Musical Gift to the Community
The Spirit of Christmas Vespers Returns
(Painesville, OH.) – Join us as the Lake Erie College Music Department celebrates its longest tradition dating back to the early 1900s as they present Christmas Vespers, a free musical treat featuring songs of the season. The event will be held December 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Morley Music Building. Keeping with tradition, the College’s 25-foot Christmas tree will be lit by President Victor immediately following the program, in front of Kilcawley Hall.
The Lake Erie College Flute Choir will also mark its 10th anniversary and to commemorate, will present a set of four works, including two in collaboration with the Community Chorus. The program will also feature faculty and student soloists with works by Bach, Sowerby, Tchaikovsky, Rutter, Fauré, Manz and many others.
Professor of Music Paul Gothard, III, will conduct the chorus in two of his concert adaptations of traditional Christmas carols. Student soloists include junior Patrick Shelby (piano) and senior Rachel Hanzak (soprano). Faculty soloists include Dr. Mark Bell (organ), Judith Elias (flute) and Jean Priddy (soprano).
"We are excited to present another wonderful year of the Christmas Vespers program. This concert allows our students, faculty, staff and community to showcase their talents and present musical arts as part of the spirit of the season,” said Gothard.
In the early years of the College, Christmas Vespers was a regular Sunday event. Led by College Organist Edward Arthur Kraft, the Lake Erie College Choir would perform every week throughout the year with readings by various members of the Lake Erie College and Painesville communities.
In the spirit of the season, the concert is presented free, as the College’s gift to the community. Reservations are not required. Lake Erie College and the Morley Music Building are located at 391 W. Washington St., Painesville. For more information, please contact Paul Gothard at 440.375.7030.