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Wofford celebrates Christmas with performances, events

Monday, November 28, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will celebrate the Christmas season with several musical performances and other events open to the public.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Wofford Music Department will present the Goldtones and the new Flute Choir in recital at 4 p.m. in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery. This eight-member women’s a cappella group specializes in pop numbers, but in recent years has included sacred music as well. First formed in 1988, selection for the Goldtones is by a series of auditions. The group performs in and around Spartanburg throughout the year. Selections for the Dec. 2 program include “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Canticle of Mary,” “Bring a Torch,” “Who is this Child on a Starlit Night,” “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Members of the Goldtones are Erin Blanton of Chesnee, S.C.; Tory Macomson of Hendersonville, N.C.; Amanda Kilbourne of Rock Hill, S.C.; Jacque Shurburtt of Spartanburg; Sarah Gowan of Lexington, S.C.; Sarah Smith of Columbia, S.C.; and Ryn Lister and Kimberly Smith, both of Newberry, S.C.

The Flute Choir is the most recent addition to performance groups in the Music Department. It was formed to provide music for the Christmas Concert as well as occasional recitals. Members are Kristen Davis, Samuel Andre Small Jr. and Jayne Wilmot of Columbia, S.C.; Valrier Douglas of Lyman, S.C.; Allison Hibbard of Rock Hill, S.C.; Jessica Miller of Spartanburg; Jamie Leigh Nichols of Easley, S.C.; Ryan Richardson of Latta, S.C.; Becky Siegert of Wichita Falls, Tex.; Elizabeth Weaver of Enoree, S.C.; and Norina Witt of Florence, S.C.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., Wofford College and the Hub City Writers Project will hold a reception honoring Dr. Lewis P. Jones (Class of 1938) and his family upon the dedication of the newly published “Wofford: Shining with Untarnished Honor 1854-2005). The editors and contributing writers will be available to sign books, and copies will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery.

Following the book signing, at 7 p.m., the Music Department will present “Candlelight Carols,” the department’s annual Christmas Concert, at Calvary Baptist Church on North Church Street, near the college. (The event is being held off-campus because of the renovation of Wofford’s Leonard Auditorium.) A trolley service will be provided for those who wish to be transported from the campus; parking is limited at the church, located on the corner of Pearl and North Church streets. Performing will be the Women’s Choir, Glee Club, Flute Choir, Gospel Choir, Goldtones and Wofford Singers.

On Monday, Dec. 5, Wofford will host its annual Winter Lighting. The candle-lit processional will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Burwell Building to the steps of Main Building, where its tower lights, large wreath and lawn Christmas tree will be lighted at 6:20 p.m. Carol singing will be led and performed by Wofford faculty members, joined by the audience, until 6:40 p.m. Lights on The Row, where Wofford’s fraternity houses are located, will come on at 6:40 p.m.; they will be judged in the annual lighting competition.

The Wofford College Christmas break will begin following classes on Friday, Dec. 16. Residence halls reopen on Monday, Jan. 2, and the college’s January Interim term begins on Tuesday, Jan. 3.