Colorado Christian University’s annual Christmas concert -- one of the most popular concerts of the year -- is set to debut in a new location: at West Bowles Community Church, in Littleton, Colorado. This marks a historic first, as it is the first time the concert will be away from CCU's campus. The new site allows for a greater capacity and technical capability as three choirs, the wind ensemble (symphonic band), and the handbell ensemble will now all share the stage at the same time.
“The distinctive aspect of the Christmas concert, out of everything we do at the School of Music, is the overtly worshipful experience we offer to listeners,” said Professor Mark Dorn of the School of Music. “This year will be more produced than concerts in the past, with virtually every music student involved in some way.”
Beyond the various ensembles, students will present dramatic readings, a variety of soloists and smaller groups will perform, and Dr. Sid Buzzell of the School of Theology will give a short meditation.
“This is a very traditional concert,” said Dorn, “and it’s centered on the manger.”
Focusing on the manger, the concert will feature many traditional carols, such as “Joy to the World” (which is the theme of the concert), “We Three Kings,” and “Silent Night.” Yet, according to Dorn, “these songs will have unique settings, so the concert is not simply a sing-along -- although there will be that, too.”
The musical choices and narration are meant to flow into the Advent season, and many concert goers regard this concert as the kick off to Advent. As such, the concert is almost always held at the beginning of December and actually comes later than usual this year. The first performance is Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm, and the second is a matinee at 3pm on Saturday, December 8. For tickets, call 303-963-3333 or visit ccu.edu/musicevents
“My hope,” said Dorn, “is that people would walk away with a sense of worship and awe over what God has done.”