Written by Jessica Shelburne
On Nov. 25, The Roanoke College Choir and Oriana Singers performed the Lessons and Carols of Christmas, XXIV. This religious musical piece originated 100 years ago when WWI victimized a large portion of the King’s College flock.
As it became more popular throughout the world, it would go on to be conducted many times by many different choirs. There are seven lessons of music in the choir production that contain traditional hymns, some of which are holiday themed or in a different language.
The singers’ voices echoed beautifully inside St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and soloists included seniors Jacob Friedrich and Noelle Warfford, sophomore Mary Rose Stark and clarinet player Eric Lee.
“The show was great. I was nervous about how I would fit in, but OS is really encouraging and caring,” said freshman Lindsay Chambers of the Oriana Singers. The choirs anticipate more successful performances in the future as well as a trip to France in the spring for a performance in Normandy.