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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

CEDAR CREST COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS INVITES PUBLIC TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC

Third Annual Christmas Vespers will Feature both Instrumental Selections and Traditional Carol Singing

Allentown, PA (November 11, 2004) - Cedar Crest's Performing Arts Music Department is pleased to announce its third annual Christmas Vespers to be held on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium. This afternoon of holiday selections offers the public a great way to begin the season with music sure to set them in the spirit.

The concert will feature performances by the College's Flute Ensemble under the direction of Elaine Martin, the Madrigal Singers and the All College Women's Chorus, both under the direction of Charles McAnall, professor of fine arts.

"This will be the third year of what I hope will become a long tradition," says McAnall. "In addition to traditional carol singing and candle lighting with the audience, the featured performing groups have prepared a variety of new pieces for this year's concert."

The All College Women's Chorus will perform Johannes Petzold's "The Christmas Story" accompanied by flutes and organ and student soloist Laura Scioli '05. The Chorus will also present Gabriel Faure's "Messe Basse" with soloist Dr. Amy Reese of the College's biology department. The All College Women's Chorus is a group that consists of students and members of the faculty and staff at Cedar Crest.

The Madrigal Singers will present a cappella works by Byrd, Palestrina and Verdi, as well as three American folk carols. This group is comprised of a small number of students and specializes in Renaissance and Baroque a cappella music and folk songs.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.

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