Siloam Springs, Ark (November 25, 1997) - The choirs of John Brown University will host their annual Christmas Candlelight Concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11-13, in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the JBU campus. This year's theme is "An Evening of Worship Through Music." Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All performances are free and open to the public.

The Christmas Candlelight Concert has been described as "JBU's Christmas Card to Northwest Arkansas." Early arrivers will be greeted by JBU's traditional Prelude Recital of Instrumental Christmas Music with organ and brass ensemble, which will begin with the candle lighting at 7 p.m. The cathedral will be adorned with a festive arrangement of lights, huge wreaths and bright poinsettias.

JBU Choral Director Paul Smith will conduct the Cathedral Choir, Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus as they present various Christmas selections.

The Cathedral Choir will sing John Leavitt's "Gloria;" "Pengyou, Ting!" a traditional Chinese melody; an arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High;" and various other selections.

Men's Chorus selections include "Exsultate justi in Domino," a setting of Psalm 33:1-3, and Jay Althouse's "Whisper! Whisper! Baby Born Today."

The Women's Chorus will sing, among other selections, "Akakomborerwa," a piece inspired by choral music that Lee R. Kesselman, its composer, heard in a cathedral in Zimbabwe.

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