12/17/08

HAVE YOURSELF A VERY VESPERS CHRISTMAS

CBS and PCN both to air Moravian Vespers this Christmas Eve

Experience the comfort and joy of Vespers at home this Christmas Eve. Two televised programs will air on national and regional networks December 24. Photos by John Kish.

This season, Moravian College and Theological Seminary will spread Christmas cheer far beyond Bethlehem, as national and regional television networks broadcast Vespers all across the land.

CBS will televise Moravian Vespers nationwide through 190 affiliates on Wednesday, December 24, beginning at 11:35 p.m. Eastern Time, replacing the David Letterman Show.

The 60-minute program, "The Voices of Christmas," celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American ecumenical movement and will feature music from a wide spectrum of Christian faith traditions, including Presbyterian, African-American Baptist, Lutheran, Brethren, and Moravian.

"Music, song, and voices of worship and prayer have been gathered from 15 states, representing a broad range of Christian spirituality in the U.S.," said Bill Turpie, producer for the National Council of Churches. The Moravian Choir performing at the College's 2005 Vespers Services at Central Moravian Church will appear in three segments.

The program will air locally on KYW TV-10 in Philadelphia, WCBS TV-2 in New York, and WHP TV-21 in Harrisburg. Check your local listings for broadcasts in your area.

Pennsylvania Cable Network to Show 2008 Service

TV-13Also airing on Christmas Eve will be PCN's production of the 2008 Moravian Christmas Vespers, taped December 10. The program will air on TV-13, Service Electric TV-2, and other Pennsylvania Cable Network stations on PCN. Check the schedule at www.pcntv.com in the coming days.

The specially-filmed program promises to be one the best televised versions ever, capturing all of the magnificent sights and sounds—including the candle ceremony—of a traditional Vespers service in Central Moravian Church. The 2008 service, "Faith Calms Our Fears," features The Moravian Choir, directed by Paula Ring Zerkle, and the Moravian College Women's Chorus, conducted by Eduardo Azzati, performing works of various arrangements by composers such as George Handel, Larry Lipkis, and Jeffrey Ames.