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Christmas at Valley Forge 2013

by Office of Marketing | January 24, 2014
VFCC College Choir
The Music Department at Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) strives for excellence; this becomes evident at every recital – boasting the talents of students in programs such as Music Performance, Music Education, Church Music, Worship Leading and Music Production. In addition to music majors, students of other disciplines are encouraged to participate in performance groups that are featured in Christmas at Valley Forge.
 
The night started with an impassioned performance by the Wind Ensemble, conducted by faculty member Leone Bilotta. A highlight of this segment was the stunning presentation of “The Bells of Christmas,” which featured the narration of Longfellow’s famous holiday poem by Dr. Malcolm Brubaker, Professor of Church Ministries. The Wind Ensemble concluded their five-song set with a breathtaking light show accompaniment, which was carried out (in exact harmony with the final piece) by the talented students of the Digital Media Department.
 
An elegant performance was given by The Patriot Bells, who presented two carols with only the sound of ringing hand bells. Afterward, the Jazz Ensemble (directed by Steve Giunta) took the stage for a few jiving holiday arrangements. Prior to intermission, the audience was asked to rise and join in singing Christmas carols with the College Choir. 
 
Following intermission, the College Choir led audience members through excerpts of Handel’s "Messiah" – a classic oratorio that expresses the arrival of Jesus Christ in a magnificent manner. The choral recital included impressive solos from VFCC students Kayleigh Smith, Megan Murphy, Zoe Tanner, Michael Levins and Elisabeth Harbison.

As always, Christmas at Valley Forge rang in the start of the Christmas season and was a tremendous concert enjoyed by all. Not only did the Music Department offer a concert of incomparable excellence, hundreds of people also attended it – from Phoenixville and beyond. Congratulations to all contributors of this annual VFCC tradition for making this event a highlight of the holiday season for the college and community alike.

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