Songs of the Season Combines Words, Music

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Departments of Music and English will collaborate to present a celebration of Christmas on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Akers Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

This annual event features seasonal music blended with readings of poetry and prose inspired by Advent and Christmas. Between the readings, a variety of musical groups including the Asbury University Women’s Choir, a string quartet, a violin/cello duet and a brass quintet, will perform. Audience members will join the festivities by singing several Christmas carols before the program concludes with a new composition by David L. Brunner, “Sir Christemas,” that highlights the Women’s Choir, brass quintet and pipe organ.

Throughout the program, members of the English Department faculty will share literature ranging from the 17th century to the present. Though the annual concert takes place before Christmas each year, professor Marcia Hurlow has found herself making mental notes about potential material all year long. She selected a poem by Mary Karr titled “Descending Theology: Christ Human” for this year’s event.

“It’s become a thing that sits in the back of my head as I read through the summer,” she said. “Karr’s poetry is very musical, and now that she has recently become a Christian, she has some strong ideas about her faith and Christianity. When I saw the poem connects Christmas and Easter, I was excited to share that.”

A reception in the Miller Center for Communication Arts will follow the performance. For more information, please contact the Fine Arts office at (859) 858-3511, ext. 2250, or e-mail Faye Montgomery at

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