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Bethlehem, Pa., November 7, 2013—Six local children have been selected to sing the solo portions of the traditional Moravian hymn "Morning Star" at the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary Christmas Vespers services later this fall. The Moravian College Choir, conducted by Paula Ring Zerkle, will perform during the services that will be held December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A preview concert will be held on Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.
The following soloists were selected by the Moravian College Music Department to sing at the annual vespers program:
Moravian Theological Seminary graduate Francis Florentine Hagen composed "Morning Star" in 1836.The Morning Star hymn is traditionally sung by a child soloist and each year. Auditions are held for the positions in September. The soloist, choir, and congregation join in singing the hymn as the church lights are dimmed and the beeswax candles are distributed by members of the college and seminary community. Moravian College's tradition of celebrating the Christmas season with special vespers services dates back to 1742. The Christmas Vespers services are held for the immediate college community and invited guests.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.