The Schola Pacis, Nashville’s unique male a cappella vocal group, will present a special tenth-anniversary Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, at Christ the King Church. Special guests on the program include harpist Mary Alice Hoepfinger, organist Hildegard Cox, and community lectors. As always, admission to this special holiday concert is free and open to the public.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service of nine short readings and carols, tells the story of the fall of humankind, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. It’s a truly beautiful and memorable way to meditate upon the Advent and Christmas seasons. Carols performed by the Schola Pacis this year will include “Still, Still, Still,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and “The Huron Carol.” Various carols will be sung in English, German, Latin, and Spanish. Congregational hymns will include and “Once in Royal David’s City” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
Christ the King Church (615-292-2884) is located at 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 (click here for a map). Safe and convenient parking is found both in front of and in back of the church. The church will open approximately 30 minutes before the performance is scheduled to begin.
Hailed by The Tennessean as “dynamic, joyful, and triumphant,” the Schola Pacis, now in its twelfth year, is Nashville’s premiere male a cappella group and includes Nelson Berry, Gregg Colson, Dave Lybarger, Rick Seay, Matthew Smyth, and Chris Simonsen. The group specializes in a liturgical repertoire ranging in style from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony to modern masterpieces. The Schola Pacis members sing all vocal parts from low bass to high soprano and perform regularly in local churches and venues throughout the city. For ten years, the Schola Pacis has presented its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols as a holiday gift to the Nashville community.