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Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan: All musical groups combine to perform ‘Veni Emmanuel’

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas is around the corner and Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Christmas concert dates are set.

DWU’s Christmas concert, “Veni Emmanuel,” will be performed at 7 p.m. both Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Sherman Center. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Dec. 2, at Prather Hall located on DWU’s campus.

The concert will feature all Dakota Wesleyan musical performing groups, including: Wesleyan Community/University Band, LyricWood, the Wesleyan Bells, Faculty/Staff Bell Choir, the Highlanders, The Mitchell Area Children’s Choir and the Women’s Chamber Choir. DWU’s newest men’s choir, The Singing Scotchmen, will also perform, as well as the largest Wesleyan Choir in more than 10 years. 

“Veni Emmanuel” is the Latin version of  the Christmas hymn, “O Come, Emmanuel,” and is the theme of this year’s celebration.

“Most of the music will reflect on humanity’s longing for the coming of the Christ child,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director.  

This year’s concert features two music education majors, Jenna Callies and Elizabeth Morrison, taking turns conducting LyricWood in “Christmas Joy” by Stephen Yarbrough each night. The concert will close with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah,” by the Wesleyan Choir, orchestra and congregation.

“The level of musicianship has increased dramatically over the years,” Desmond said. “I am overjoyed with the hard work and dedication of our students and I think this concert will put everyone into the Christmas Spirit.”



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