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By Rachel Crenshaw, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Campbellsville University will be celebrating the Christmas season by presenting the annual “Christmas Tapestry” concert on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Ransdell Chapel. The concert will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the free event.

This year’s tapestry will be featuring several ensembles from the School of Music presenting a variety of musical arrangements reflecting the spirit of Christmas.

“This year marks the fifth anniversary of CU’s Christmas Tapestry concerts,” said Dr. Frieda Gebert, associate professor of music and coordinator of the event.

“We will celebrate the date by offering the most popular piece from our first tapestry concert, which is an arrangement of ‘What Child is This’ written for band and illustrated by great works of art throughout western history. I have seen the band perform this work twice, and I still get tears in my eyes. It really is the most stirring moment of the Christmas season for me,” said Gebert.

A wide range of secular and sacred pieces will be performed at the tapestry from the following ensembles, plus others: University Chorale, Handbell Choir, Flute Ensemble, Concert Band, String Quartet, Chamber Choir, New Doxology and Woodwind Quintet.

“The concert is a showcase for many of the performance ensembles in the School of Music,” said Gebert. “This year people will hear everything from a saxophone quartet to the University Chorale. Sing-a-long carols will give everyone in the audience a chance to join in the celebration, too.”

An organ prelude will be performed by Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music, followed by greetings from Dr. Michael Carter, president of CU.

“I can’t wait for this year’s tapestry,” said Tori Baker, a sophomore from Danville, Ky. “It’s a great start to the Christmas holiday. I always leave pumped for the upcoming season.”

For more information about the School of Music or the Christmas Tapestry program, contact the School of Music at (270) 789-5237.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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