Holiday Classics from Near and Far to be Featured in Community Chorus Concert this Sunday

ChorusThe Limestone College and Community Chorus along with the Limestone Men's Ensemble will present a concert filled with international Christmas carols, seasonal folk songs, and holiday classics this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the College's Fullerton Auditorium.

Entitled "Holidays from East to West," the concert is free and open to the public.

"From the exotic strains of music from Spain and the Ukraine, to the more familiar tunes of music from Western Europe, elements of the Christmas are familiar to most Americans in the form of our most beloved carols," said Dr. Gena Poovey, Conductor and Director of Choral Activities at Limestone.

International selections to be performed include "Riu, Riu, Chiu" (Spain), "Shchedryk" ("Carol of the Bells"; Ukraine), and "In dulci jubilo" ("In Sweet Rejoicing"; Germany). "We will also perform 'Dona Nobis Pacem' (peace on earth), with the English carol 'The First Noel,' an American carol, 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,' as well as fragments of the German 'Away in a Manger' and 17th century English carol, 'I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,' said Dr. Poovey.

The concert will also feature traditional Western songs including "Four Strong Winds," "Green, Green Grass of Home," "The Streets of Baltimore," "Carolina in the Morning," "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

The performers will be accompanied on piano by Dr. David B. Thompson, Professor of Music at Limestone. The Chorus includes members of a host of community churches including Circle of Grace Lutheran Chapel, First Baptist Church, Gaffney, Buford Street United Methodist Church, Limestone Presbyterian, Cherokee Avenue Baptist, and Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in Spartanburg.

Limestone College is a four-year, liberal arts institution with its main campus in Gaffney, SC and seven sites located throughout the state. Established in 1845, Limestone offers a master's degree in business administration (MBA), bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, associate of arts, and associate of science degrees through traditional and non-traditional educational opportunities.