Lake Erie College presents annual Christmas Vespers

Fine Arts,

It’s that time of year again! Lake Erie College will present its annual Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Paul S. Weaver Memorial Auditorium of the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building.

The concert will include: The Lake Erie College Chorus under the direction of Mary Crow, assisted by collaborative pianist Sanni Tenkku Kearns and guest harpist Dr. Katherine Willow-Peterson; Rebecca N. Ray and Rev. Chris Zerucha, guest percussionists; The Lake Erie College Flute Choir, under the direction of Judith Elias; Dr. Mark Bell, College Organist Emeritus; Dr. Bryan DePoy, Vice President for Academic Affairs, trumpet; Lauren Feola ‘04, soprano; Dr. Stephen Yachanin, reader; with LEC students, mezzo sopranos, Cassandra Kuharik ‘17 and Karen Sivy ’19.

The concert will begin with the Trumpet Tune on “Adeste Fideles” by David Lasky with Dr. Bryan DePoy, trumpet and Dr. Mark Bell, organ, which will segue into the traditional procession of the LEC Chorus, joined by the audience in “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The LEC Chorus will perform Two Shepherd Songs, “Lay Down Your Staffs,” a French Carol, and “While by My Sheep,” a German Carol; “In the Bleak Midwinter,” an English Carol; “O Hearken Ye” by Alfred Burt; “O Christmas Tree,” a German Carol, arranged by Mark Hanson; “Glow” by American composer, Eric Whitacre with Ms. Kearns as pianist; concluding with “Sing We Now of Christmas,” a French Carol with Dr. Katherine Willow-Peterson, harp. The LEC Flute Choir will be performing two Christmas Carols by Franz Liszt, arranged by flute choir member Jack Blazey; “What Sweeter Music” by John Rutter, arranged for flute choir by Judith Elias with Dr. Bell on organ; “Pat-a-Carol” arranged by Judy Nishimura and “African Noel,” arranged by Ann Cameron Pearce; which will include Rev. Christopher Zerucha from St. Mary Catholic Church on drum and Rebecca N. Ray from Madison High School, on rattle. Dr. Stephen Yachanin, Professor of Psychology, will perform his own poem, “Christmas Eve Sights.”

Lake Erie College graduate and new voice faculty member, Lauren Feola ‘04, soprano, will be performing “Following the Star” by Scott, and “The Birthday of a King” by Neidlinger. Two of her students, Cassandra Kuharik ’17 and Karen Sivy ’19 will be performing “When I Kneel at the Manger Tonight” by Mark Kay Beall; with Sanni Tenkku Kearns as their collaborative pianist. Dr. Mark Bell will perform Alla Breve in D Major, BWV 589 by Johann Sebastian Bach on the Carol Lewis Morris ’67 Memorial Restored E. M. Skinner Organ, Op. 647, and will be joined by Judith Elias, flute, on “An Advent Prelude” by Charles Callahan. The concert will conclude with the LEC Chorus, Dr. Mark Bell, organ, and the audience in singing traditional carols.

Christmas Vespers at Lake Erie College is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judith Elias, director of the LEC Flute Choir, at

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