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Bluefield College Christmas Concert to Feature Four Choral Groups

            Bluefield College's Masterworks Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert, Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m., featuring "A Ceremony of Carols" for chorus and harp to celebrate the Advent season.
            Open and free to the community inside BC's Harman Chapel, the Masterworks performance will also showcase three additional Bluefield College choirs: Variations, Praise Singers, and Bluefield Singers.
            Masterworks is a chorus comprised of voices from both the Bluefield College family and the community. The group performs classic choral works in concerts in both the winter and spring, studying and performing a repertoire that includes majorchoral works, sacred and secular pieces, and special-themed concerts.
            The winter 2013 Christmas concert will feature music from Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." Designed for chorus and harp, "A Ceremony of Carols" is one of the most popular choral pieces for Christmas with its collection of 11 Christmas hymns. Composed in 1942, the production is a setting of Old English and Latin Christmas texts in a fresh, modern style.
            "Britten was one of the 20th Century's most skilled composers for voices," said Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, assistant professor of music and director of MasterworksChorale, "and his choral music is beautiful, challenging and pleasant to sing."
            Ringing in the Advent season early, the November 24 concert also will include performances by BC's student voice ensembles, Variations, Praise Singers, and Bluefield Singers. Under the direction of Bryant Moxley, assistant professor of music, Variations is an auditioned vocal ensemble that performs a wide variety of sacred music locally, throughout Virginia, across the eastern region, and internationally. In fact, Variations has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and on mission in Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
            During the November 24 Christmas concert, Variations will perform four a cappella selections, including "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "Jesus Is His Name," "African Noel" and "Let There Be Light."
            Under the direction of Susan Allen, instructor of music, Praise Singers will be performing contemporary Christian selections composed by Chris Tomlin, Jim Brickman and Michael McDonald and including "Jesus Messiah," "Noel, Noel," "Hope is Born Again," and "Peace."
            Praise Singers is an auditioned vocal ensemble accompanied by a band, which specializes in contemporary Christian music, including praise and worship. The group tours regularly throughout Virginia, across the eastern region, and internationally. Like Variations, the group has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City and participated in international music mission trips to Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
            Under the direction of Lisa Moxley, instructor of music, Bluefield Singers performs classical, contemporary Christian, spirituals and folk music. Comprised of students from all academic disciplines, the group will perform traditional Christmas carols for the November 24 concert, including Lloyd Larson's "A Light Will Shine," Vicki Tucker Courtney's "A Cradle Song," Angerman and Barrett's "Celtic Advent Carol," and Joseph Martin's "My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord."
            Bluefield Singers also will present "O Magnum Mysterium," a selection by Ivo Antognini featuring only women's voices. Accompanying Bluefield Singers will be pianist Alandra Blume, flutist Bekah Iverson, violinist Renee Robbins, guitarist Charles Priest, and percussionist Nick Hinkle.
            The November 24 Masterworks concert is one of two BC Christmas concerts scheduled this season. The Music and Theatre Departments will combine to present "Christmas at Bluefield," December 6-7. For more information about either performance, please contact the BC Office of Public Relations by phone at 276-326-4212 or by e-mail at
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