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Festival of Carols 2014 9th Annual Christmas Gift to the Community

Ohio Christian University hosted its ninth annual Festivalof Carols and Messiah concert on December 6, 2014, in the beautifully decorat­ed Maxwell Center. Guests were treated to the artistry of the OCU Chorale, joined by members of the Circleville Community Choir and an excellent40-piece orches­tra including students, faculty members, and local musicians. In the spirit of the season, the event was the university’s gift to the community with one request: guests were asked to bring canned food items to donate to local min­istries who support needy families. Those who arrived early enjoyed a prelude by the orchestra, along with other musicians and universi­ty ensembles. Dr. Rodney Sones, Director of the OCU Chorale and Community Choir, led the evening’s music, which featured festive orches­trations of well-loved Christmas music, beautiful acapella numbers, and Christmas selections from Handel’s Messiah. Soloists for the evening included Carolyn Redman, Andrew Blosser, and Dione Bennett. Sones commented, "Once again, the OCU Chorale is enjoying a year of growth. We had tremendous fun preparing this year's concert. Community participation continues to bring many wonderful singers. We hope the concert was a blessing to all who joined us to celebrate the Christmas season."