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Hodie: The Glory of Bells and Voices

Posted on: Dec 6, 2019

The glorious sounds of bells and voices will fill First Presbyterian Church as Concordia’s community ensembles collaborate in their annual Christmas celebration this Saturday, December 7. Hodie progresses from quiet into a knowledge of God’s incredible gift as the story of Christ’s birth is portrayed musically through carols and newly composed Christmas pieces.

The choirs present Canadian and Scandinavian composers, including Sirett, Willan, Sandstrom, and Hovland, as the Community Chorus prepares for a spring tour of Scandinavia. This choral texture is complemented and supported by the shimmering soundscape of handbells performed on the largest set of handbells and handchimes in Canada, and congregational involvement on Joy to the World. A magical combination!

Wondering about the title? Hodie is Latin for “today,” taken from the Christmas story in Luke chapter 2. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people: Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger . . .”

Free ticket for Concordia students, faculty, and staff available from Jennifer in A304. Additional tickets ($20/$15) available from the Bookstore, Tix on the Square, or at the door. Special Family Admission: $40 (available at the door only).

Concordia Community Chorus & Bella Voce Concordia
Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia & JuBELLation
Joy Berg & Debbie Rice, conductors

Saturday, December 7, 2019
6:00 pm
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
10025 105 Street, Edmonton