Kentucky Wesleyan College to present annual ‘Festival of Lessons & Carols’

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers will present the College’s annual Festival of Lessons & Carols on Thursday and Friday.

Associate Professor of Music, Dennis Jewett, will direct the Wesleyan Singers.

“The Wesleyan Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a treasured Owensboro tradition, and we are excited that this year’s program will include the premiere performance of ‘When Christmas Morn is Dawning,’ a carol commissioned by the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers,” said Professor Jewett.

This year’s event also includes three traditional carols, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and carols written for the traditional Nine Lessons & Carols service in Cambridge, England.

The Festival of Lessons & Carols, a tradition begun in England on Christmas Eve in 1880, weaves scripture readings and carols of the season in stirring homage to the birth of Christ.

A much-beloved version of the festival began at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918, and is broadcast worldwide every Christmas Eve.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with I.D. and are available here.

The Festival of Lessons & Carols will take place on December 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Cathedral at 610 Locust St. in Owensboro.

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(This story was originally published on December 5, 2019)

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