Berea College’s Bluegrass Ensemble’s performance of the “Carol of the Bells” has reached more than one million people—1,373,876 as of this writing—since their video recording was posted to the College’s Facebook page last year. The always-popular Bluegrass Ensemble is one of a diverse range of musical groups at Berea College.
Al White, the ensemble’s director, first developed the arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” about a decade ago for the Berea College music department’s annual Christmas concert. This video performance, recorded inside Berea’s Danforth Chapel and outdoors, features Casey Papendieck on bass; Al White on mandolin; Theo Macmillan on fiddle; Matt Parsons on guitar; and Brenna Macmillan on banjo and vocal.
Subsequent members of the Ensemble have also performed the distinctly Bluegrass version of this Christmas classic in a lively arrangement showcasing a complex interplay by each of the traditional Bluegrass instruments. Audiences enthusiastically receive it every time it is performed. You can view the now-viral video on Facebook here.
Berea College musical ensemble members and directors joined together at the end of the annual Christmas concert in 2016.
(Photo: Chris Radcliffe)
The annual Berea College Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the College’s music department and the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights—Friday evening Nov. 30 and Saturday evening Dec. 1. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Union Church. Continue reading Date Set for Annual Berea College Christmas Concert; Tickets Can Be Reserved Now →
Christmas is coming and you can celebrate it along with Berea College students. Mark your calendar for December 25 when the Kentucky Educational Television network broadcasts Listen – A Musical Celebration of Christmas at Berea College. This holiday special features a diverse mix of Christmas and holiday music performed by the College’s students and music faculty. The program includes performances by Berea’s Folk Roots Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Black Music Ensemble and Bluegrass Ensemble, among others. The program also features a Nativity reading from Berea’s newly acquired copy of the St. John’s Bible, the first illuminated Bible published since the invention of the modern printing press. The special program airs Christmas morning on KET2 at 10a.m. Eastern (9 a.m. Central) and on Christmas evening on KET at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central).
The annual Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the Berea College Music Program and the Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights, Friday evening December 1 and Saturday evening December 2. Although tickets to attend this popular yearly event are already gone, it will be live streamed for those that would like to watch the Christmas Concert from the comfort of home or elsewhere via the following Livestream links: Continue reading Berea College Christmas Concert This Week on December 1 and 2 →