Hartford, Connecticut, December 13, 2016 – Hundreds of people from Trinity College and the Greater Hartford community gathered at the Trinity College Chapel on December 4 for the Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols. This program is a tradition followed by Anglican and other Christian churches worldwide. Trinity began conducting this service in 1958, following the Anglican ceremony established at Kings College in Cambridge, England, in 1918.
The annual service, which celebrates the beginning of the holiday season, included music of the season offered by the Trinity College Chapel Singers – the oldest continuing student group on campus – as well as the Trinity College Concert Choir and the African Choir. Nearly 60 Chapel Singer alumni returned to campus to sing at the Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols this year, including Liesl Odenweller ’88, a professional soprano singer based in Venice, Italy. Boston-based composer Patrick Greene ’07, who attended the services as a former Chapel Singer, composed a piece for this occasion, titled “Logos,” which is a setting of the Prologue to the Gospel of John. Additional music featured organ, strings, harp, and timpani.
The free will offering taken at the services will help support the ministry of music at the Trinity College Chapel. In honor of College organist, Chapel Music Director, and Trinity College Choir Director John Rose as he celebrates 40 years of service to the College, the offering is designated to support the Chapel music program.
Listen to a podcast recording of the 4:00 p.m. service on SoundCloud.