The 66th annual John Brown University Candlelight Service will ring in the Christmas season with traditional melodies, time-honored classics, and inspirational readings on Thursday, Dec. 11, Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13. The service will be held in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the JBU campus. All performances are free and open to the public.
Doors will open for general seating at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. guests will be greeted with a traditional brass ensemble playing selected carols led by Ernest Whitmore followed by an organ prelude played by Jan Helmut Wubbena to signal the start of the service.
Paul Smith, director of the Cathedral Choir and professor of music at JBU said “Through the spirit of choral excellence, our desire is to bring a wonderful worship experience that expresses the majesty of our Savior’s birth.”
This year’s service will feature music by the JBU Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Paul Smith, professor of Music. The JBU Women’s Chorus, directed by Kate Dewey, and the Cathedral Chamber Choir, directed by Jacob Funk, will also perform during the program.
As a special treat this year the Bentonville Children’s Choir will be performing with the JBU choirs during the concert. The Bentonville Children’s Choir is an acclaimed choir of auditioned students from throughout Northwest Arkansas. The choir is directed by Mrs. Rachel Cornett.
Joining the choirs for the evening will be guest violinist Dr. Scott Buss. Dr. Buss is the founder and director of the Institute of Music, Worship and the Arts in Northwest Arkansas.
The musical program will also be interspersed with Scripture readings by Melissa Stevenson, Missions Assistant for International Programs, and reflections on the Christmas season by Rod Reed, University Chaplain. Each year, this celebration attracts thousands from Northwest Arkansas and surrounding states. For more information on this JBU holiday tradition, contact the music department at (479) 524-7154 or log onto: www.jbu.edu/music.