Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 2:36 pm

Celebration of Christmas to close with Lessons and Carols

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Press release submitted by Augustana College


Rock Island, Ill.- Augustana College will end its Celebration of Christmas with the annual presentation of Lessons and Carols on Thursday, December 13 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ascension Chapel (820 38th Street.). These services are free and open to the public.

A prelude featuring the Ascension Ringers bell choir will begin the services. The Augustana Chamber Singers, a selective choral ensemble of sophomores through seniors, will perform carols from the Renaissance to modern day interspersed between readings of scripture. To end the service, the congregation will be invited to sing "Silent Night" by candlelight.

Corbin McGhee '13, a music and neuroscience major from Geneva, Ill., has performed in Lessons and Carols for the past three years. "It is by far my favorite part of the Christmas season. Compared to all the hustle and bustle of shopping, midterms and other stressors, this is one night where I can dress up, sing and be with family and friends. It is truly moving," he said.

For more information, please contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication, at (309) 794-7833 or samschlouch@augustana.edu.



About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 139 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.