Christmas Festival | Capital University


  • Now I See 

    Capital University would like to thank everyone who attended our Christmas Festival 2016, Now I See. We look forward to seeing you next year! 

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    Featuring performances by the World Choir Games Gold Medal-Winning Chapel Choir, along with Choral Union, Women’s Chorus, The Chordsmen, Philomel and brass, strings pipe organ and percussion, Capital’s annual Christmas Festival is a transcendent musical offering. Over two hundred performers will converge— students, community members, Columbus musicians, technical artists and performing artists — to produce a multimedia experience that will embrace the audience with beautiful singing, nourish the spirit, and engage the senses.

    The festival theme this year recalls the familiar lyric, Was blind but now I see, from the 18th century hymn, Amazing Grace, Dr. Lynda Hasseler, director of choirs, explained.

    “We’re living in a time when we need to find ways to see each other in a more compassionate, open and clear way,” Hasseler said. “Drawing on various concepts of what it means to ‘see’ including to discover, to understand, to discern, to imagine, and to consult, the music and readings selected for this year’s concert take a closer look at our struggle to truly see. It asks, what might be clouding our vision? Where in your life are you overlooking the love, the joy, the light, and the peace revealed in the Christmas story? The concert’s message challenges us to see the world — and each other — through God’s eyes. Our need to do so has never been greater.”

    Through extensive research of the repertoire, and responsiveness to the creative muse, Hasseler has curated an experience that will carry her audience on a self-reflective, eye-opening journey whose vision stretches across vast expanses of Handel’s And the Glory of the Lord is Revealed to Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning, to works of Hans Leo Hassler, Felix Mendelsson, William Billings, Alfred Burt, Jake Runestad, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Eric Whitacre, Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest and Peter Gabriel. There also will be readings of works by e.e. cummings, Richard Crashaw, Shel Silverstein and Mary Oliver.

    Lighting and staging will transition Capital’s beloved Mees Hall auditorium from intimate candlelit ambience to a brightly lit concert hall that resonates with the sounds of audience and choir singing together as a “multitude of the heavenly hosts.”

    “I intentionally include unlikely ‘musical pairings’ to be inclusive of diverse musical styles and preferences represented in the audience,” the conductor added. “We perform the familiar touchstone carols and classics everyone loves. And I also strive stretch and educate the student performers and audience members by presenting unfamiliar, challenging literature they would not choose for themselves, but are drawn to because of the programming.”

    “There is ‘something for everyone’ in the Christmas Festival, so that each person in the audience is invited to the musical table. In this way the message has the best chance of resonating. By combing the Christmas story with a universal theme woven throughout the program, the Festival becomes more than a Christmas concert. It’s a transformative experience.”