Time: 7:30pm CST December 1
Location: A. F. Siebert Chapel
Carthage kicks off the celebration of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Festival with the theme “From Heaven Above to Earth You Come”, taken from a Christmas carol written by Martin Luther in 1534. Featuring the sounds of the majestic Fritsch Memorial Organ, the festival follows an age-old tradition of sharing the celebration of the birth of Christ through readings and music.
The festival features performances from Carthage Choir, Carthage Women’s Ensemble, Carthage Chorale, Lincoln Chamber Singers, Wind Orchestra, and Carthage Philharmonic. The Christmas Festival will be the culmination of a yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses. We have commissioned Jocelyn Hagen to compose a work for choir and instruments, and Michael Dennis Browne has been commissioned to create the text for it. The commissioned composition will incorporate themes — from both the text and music — of Martin Luther’s carol.
The festival also features the annual Service of Light, during which the chapel is filled with candlelight. A beloved Carthage tradition, the Christmas Festival is presented in appreciation of the support of the community spanning more than 20 years. The service is a beautiful tribute to the spirit of the season and a culmination of the passion of Carthage’s talented students and faculty. The Christmas Festival is the perfect way to share in the joy of the season.
Dec. 1-2— 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 — 4 p.m.
This event is free, however tickets are required for all ages. To obtain your tickets, please visit carthage.edu/tickets 24/7 or call the Chapel Office 262-551-5810.