In a continuation of a beloved holiday tradition, Clarke University invites all to attend this year’s Blessed Christmas program held in the Sacred Heart Chapel on 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 4.
Blessed Christmas is a touching portrayal of the Christmas story through music and scripture presented by the Clarke Collegiate Singers and Melos under the direction of Dr. Amanda Huntleigh, Clarke University Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities; as well as Clarke String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rob Stull, Clarke University Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities.
This year’s Blessed Christmas will feature Flute Soloist Dr. Laura Canelo-Cohen. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she graduated with honors from Columbus State University and holds a Masters in Contemporary Music from the University of Valencia. Canelo-Cohen obtained her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa and is now the Flute Instructor for Clarke University, as well as offering private lessons.
Canelo-Cohen and the Collegiate Singers will also premiere I Looked to the East from Adam O’Dell ’13, as part of the John and Nancy Lease Commission Series. This is just one of a series of works the Clarke Music Department is premiering during its 2022-2023 Clarke concert season.
General admission tickets are $12, and the program is free for Clarke students, employees, and for kids under the age of 18. Tickets can be reserved online at www.clarke.edu/blessedchristmas or by phone at (563)588-6593.