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Festival of Carols Set for Dec. 4

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 The annual Festival of Carols will be held Dec. 4 on Winthrop's campus.
 The festival will include a tree-lighting and numerous concerts and vocal performances.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University will host the annual Festival of Carols, a cherished Winthrop tradition for the Rock Hill community, on Dec. 4.

The Festival of Carols will begin with outdoor caroling by the Winthrop Glee Club and a tree-lighting in front of Tillman Hall at 6:30 p.m. Participants are asked to follow the Glee Club, conducted by Randall Imler, to the front lawn of Byrnes Auditorium. On the porch of the auditorium, the Winthrop University Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Martin Hughes, will be playing.

An indoor concert will follow in Byrnes, hosted by the Department of Music, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Singing at the indoor concert will be musical groups, who will perform traditional and nontraditional Christmas songs. They are the university’s Ebonite Gospel Choir, the Rock Hill School District Three Elementary Honors Choir, the Rawlinson Road Middle School Festival Singers, the South Pointe High School Concert Choir, Rock Hill High School Concert Choir, Winthrop University Chorale, Jazz Voices and Jazz Ensemble groups. Also, Jerry Helton and Jennifer Hough, both of the music department, will give solo vocal performances during the hour-long concert.

The audience will be asked to sing along in some favorite Christmas carols, including "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

For more information, call 803/323-2255.

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