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Hendrix Candlelight Carol Service to Reach Beyond Campus with Streaming Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, Tour Stops Dec. 13 & 14


CONWAY, Ark. (November 29, 2018) – With Greene Chapel at capacity for all four on-campus presentations of the Candlelight Carol Service, the Hendrix College Choir’s traditional opening of the Christmas season will be streamed live and taken on tour. 

The College will live-stream two of the services held in Greene Chapel, on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, at www.hendrix.edu/candlelight. Both services begin at 7:30 p.m. Central time.

Following the on-campus services and final exams, the choir will present two performances of the service on tour: Thursday, Dec. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Bentonville (201 NW 2nd Street); and Friday, Dec. 14, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock (4823 Woodlawn). Both tour services begin at 7:30 p.m., are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

In 1963, under the direction of Robert McGill, the Hendrix College Choir began presenting a service of lessons and carols, modeled after the annual Christmas Eve service at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The Candlelight Carol Service has since become a significant Hendrix tradition. Each year, more than 1,200 people attend one of the four on-campus services during the last week of classes. After taking final exams, the Choir tours the region, performing the service at two United Methodist churches per year. Repertoire featured in the Candlelight Carol Services changes yearly, and includes works from the 16th century to the present day. Selections for this year’s service include: 

  • On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, composed by Charles West (world premiere)
  • Love Came Down at Christmas, composed by Timothy Allen (world premiere)
  • A Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
  • Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre
  • Several additional classic hymns for the Christmas season.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu