The Schola Pacis, Nashville’s unique male a cappella vocal group, will present its eleventh annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at Christ the King Church. Special guests on the program include harpist Mary Alice Hoepfinger, organist Hildegard Cox, and community lectors. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service of nine short readings and carols, tells the story of the fall of man, 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 season. Carols performed by the Schola Pacis this year will include “Still, Still, Still,” “The Three Kings,” and “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” Congregational hymns will include “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”
Christ the King Church (615-292-2884) is located at 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37212. 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 thirteenth year, is Nashville’s premiere male a cappella group and includes Nelson Berry, Gregg Colson, Dave Lybarger, Rick Seay, Chris Simonsen, and Matt Smyth. 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. In November and December of 2014, the Schola Pacis is featured on the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ audio guide for its current exhibition, “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy.”