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Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming


December 11, 2016

10:55 am and 5:30 pm

Combined Choirs, Bells, and Instruments


On Sunday, Dec. 11, at 10:55, and again at 5:30, Knollwood choirs, bell ringers, and instrumentalists will join forces to present a festival with the theme “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.” Our choirs (Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, Chapel and Carol Choirs) will be joined by handbells (Chancel Bells, High School Bells, and Middle School Bells), the Knollwood Brass, and guest instrumentalists in celebrating the Advent and Nativity of the Christ Child.


The festival is built around several settings of the well-known carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and other carols and anthems about Mary and the Christ Child. To begin the festival we will take advantage of our two choir lofts, singing the antiphonal version of the Franz Biebl setting of the ancient Latin text Ava Maria. Here the choirs are divided into SSAA on one side and TTBB on the opposite side. The festival will continue with an antiphonal setting of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”


The festival will conclude with several sections from a Christmas oratorio by a new choir member at Knollwood, jazz pianist Dan Knight. The oratorio was written for solo voices in 2010 for faculty members at the University of Iowa. For our festival this year, Dan has arranged sections of the oratorio for four-part choir for our use. Dan, a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize, is a world-renowned pianist, having appeared at the Montreux Jazz festivals and other venues the world over.


We hope that you will plan to join this celebration, and to invite your friends and neighbors.