Christmas Festival Concert to be held this Friday

After a three-year hiatus, due to the pandemic, the Union College Music Program will once again present the Christmas Festival Concert this Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. in Conway Boatman Chapel.

The Christmas Festival Concert has been a Union College tradition and highly anticipated community event for nearly 40 years.

This year, the featured choirs will be Union Singers, an ensemble whose membership includes any student who wishes to sing; Union Harmony, an auditioned group of eight to ten singers, and the Union College Regional Chorus, a community-based choir whose membership includes singers from Barbourville and surrounding communities, as well as Union College faculty, staff, and students.

Two very fine pianists accompany the Union choirs: Dr. Yukiko Fujimura, Assistant Professor of Music, and Mrs. Kathy Smith of Barbourville.

Songs will include Calypso Lullaby, Thirty Second Fa La La, What Sweeter Music, Colors of Winter, and many more. There will also be an audience sing along of familiar carols.

This is a free community event and includes a reception immediately following the concert inside Sharp Academic Center.

A section of the chapel will be reserved for individuals or groups who wish to be socially distanced. Masks are not required.

Dr. Virginia Gay Gandy, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs says, “We are thrilled this tradition will continue in 2022. The Christmas Festival Concert is a cherished tradition for Union and the Barbourville community. There is nothing quite like hearing music resonate in Union’s historic Conway Boatman Chapel.”

Press Release & Photo by Maisie Insko Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Union College

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