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JACKSON, Tenn. – Nov. 20, 2002– Union University’s Department of Music is bringing a new Christmas tradition to the Jackson and West Tennessee community with the introduction of “A Union Christmas,” which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel.
Richard Joiner, chair of the music department, hopes that this program will become a popular staple every year. In his first year at Union, Joiner joined the Union community this past August after a twenty-year career at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss.
“We want it to be a campus-wide celebration, but we would also like to see it become a tradition in the community, where our guests would expect a worshipful setting, great music and outstanding performances of classics as well as carols,” said Joiner.
The celebration will offer performances by the Symphonic Band, Children’s Choir, Choral Union, University Singers and Proclamation. Musical selections include "Christmas Cantata" by Daniel Pinkham, and "Fantasia on Christmas Carols," by Ralph Vaughan Williams which will both be performed by the Choral Union with brass ensemble. Traditional carols will be sung by both the choirs and the congregation. In addition, passages of scripture will be read by various members of Union’s faculty and staff, following the structure of the standard English lessons and carols service.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at (731) 661-5311.
Sara B. Horn,