12/2/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday season with the 25th annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 13 in Ashland University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the intersection of King Road and College Avenue.
The 7 p.m. candlelight service, which is free and open to the public, symbolizes Christ coming into the world. The story is communicated in verse and song. It will include Scripture readings, traditional carols, and seasonal choral music by the Ashland University Choir and Women’s Chorus, and the Ashland Area Chorus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
The Ashland University Choir is under the direction of Dr. Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities and professor of music, while Elizabeth Slade, adjunct instructor of music, directs the Ashland Area Chorus and the Women’s Chorus. Dr. Timothy Guenther, university organist, will play the organ, while Sue Gregg will be pianist. Dr. John Byron, professor of New Testament and acting academic dean of Ashland Theological Seminary, and his wife, Lori, office manager, development office, will serve as liturgists.
Musical selections will feature original works and settings of carols by a variety of composers including Handel, Lauridsen, Duruflé, Lockwood, and Darke, plus traditional musics from around the world.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###