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Canterbury Rings in the Holiday Season with Spirited Musical Performances

Canterbury Rings in the Holiday Season with Spirited Musical Performances
Kelly Slonaker

On Friday, December 13, the Rock Band, Jazz/Rock/Pop Ensemble, Contemporary Music Band, Classical Chamber and Orchestra performed for the Canterbury community at the annual All Band Christmas Concert. Conducted by faculty members David Overthrow and Hafez Taghavi, the show was the culmination of the students' semester-long work in their instrumental courses. Students performed holiday favorites, and pop and jazz classics. Some of the works covered included “All I want for Christmas is You,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Feliz Navidad,” and the Charlie Brown Christmas theme.

Continuing the holiday spirit, students, faculty, and additional community members gathered for Lessons and Carols on the evening of Wednesday, December 18, in the Chapel of Our Lady. The event, celebrated annually by Canterbury, included seven "lessons" (readings from Scripture) and a variety of holiday carols in the spirit of Advent. Attendees began the evening with a communal rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and concluded with "Joy to the World". Varsity Voices, Chorale, and Community Choir led the seven lessons and carols, accompanied by Choral and Liturgical Music Director Sarah Armstrong and instrumental accompanists.

One of the most highly anticipated meals fo the year, the annual Christmas dinner preceded Lessons and Carols and was followed by a tree-lighting in the Student Center.

Congratulations to all those students and faculty who made this year's performances so spectacular!

All Band Concert Photos

All Band Concert Recording

Lessons & Carols Photos