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Media Advisory: Wake Forest University holiday events

By Peter Chawaga, 610-731-6128, chawpd9@wfu.edu and Kim McGrath, 336-758-3209, mcgratka@wfu.edu Office of Communications and External Relations

This December, the Wake Forest community will be gathering together for several events to celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas Lovefeast, Dec. 2,  8-9:30 p.m. Wait Chapel

The shopping list for Wake Forest’s 48th annual Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service includes 90 gallons of Moravian blend coffee; 175 dozen yeast buns with nutmeg, cinnamon and orange flavoring; 2,200 beeswax candles wrapped in red ribbon and 900 luminaries. More than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will gather in Wait Chapel for this annual candlelight service, which celebrates a unique tradition of Winston-Salem’s Moravian community. The Quad will be lined with luminaries, and Wait Chapel will be fully adorned with Christmas decorations. Attendees will receive a traditional beeswax candle for use during the service. Moravian buns and coffee will be served. This year’s Lovefeast will feature music by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir, the Flute Choir, the Handbell Choir and University organist Don Armitage. President Nathan O. Hatch will speak.

Lighting of the Quad, Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m.

The Wake Forest community will celebrate the holidays with students, faculty and staff lighting a circle of candles around the Quad. A Chanukah Menorah will also be lit. Dean of the School of Law Blake Morant will serve as the keynote speaker and Provost Rogan Kersh will light the tree. The Wake Forest University Gospel Choir and several student a capella groups will perform. Wake Forest’s Volunteer Service Corps will collect blankets for Potter’s House.

Holiday Choral Concert, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Brendle Recital Hall

The ensembles of the choral department at Wake Forest University will present music for the holiday season. Featured selections will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Wassail Song” sung by the Concert Choir, Gustav Holst’s “Lullay My Liking” presented by the Collegium Vocal Ensemble, and carol arrangements performed by the Wake Forest Chamber Choir. The combined ensembles will sing Rachmaninoff’s “The Six Psalms” and a new arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Michael Culloton. Brian Gorelick will conduct.

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