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Walla Walla University Concerts

December 8, 2017 | Christmas Concert

The Scriptures devote very little space to the details of Christ's first Advent. Despite this silence, services and festivals celebrating the story of Christ's birth have in common a great variety of inherited details such as winter (darkness, cold, snow); vegetation (pine trees, holly, ivy); light (candles); and bells, a sonic element much celebrated in Christmas music.

Bells appear in scripture only rarely, but each time they are associated with holiness. Zechariah, for instance, ends his book describing nations worshiping the King, the Lord of Hosts, accompanied by bells engraved with the inscription "HOLINESS TO THE LORD."

The music in this program ranges from the 17th century to the present day, from familiar to brand new, from majestic to intimate. You will hear voices and instruments imitate bell sounds, texts about bells, and actual bells as well. In all of these sounds, whether bell-like or actual tintinnabulation, we invite you to listen as Zechariah would have listened, and hear as Zechariah would have heard-HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

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Archived concert performances

Spring Choral Concert

May 20, 2017



Christmas Concert

December 9, 2016



Spring Choral Concert

May 16, 2015



Last update on December 11, 2017