Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


November 7, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts will sponsor “A Service of Lessons and Carols,” in two performances at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Blvd.

Originating in a cathedral in Cornwall, England, in 1888, the service is the retelling of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ through scripture and song.

Featured performers will be a mixed ensemble of Perkins Theology School students known as the Seminary Singers, directed by SMU associate professor of sacred music C. Michael Hawn; an auditioned ensemble of music students from the Meadows School of the Arts known as The Meadows Chorale, directed by Tinsley Silcox; and SMU Associate University organist George Baker. This year’s service includes traditional Western Christmas music as well as some Gaelic and African music.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception at 3 p.m. in Bridwell Library, 6005 Bishop Blvd., precedes the first performance.

“The music uplifts and roots the rest of the season in the biblical tradition,” said Hawn. “As we live in a world where distrust among cultures is on the increase, it’s important to realize that no one culture has a corner on the understanding of Christ. We handle the service with a multicultural perspective to remind us that the incarnation of Jesus Christ was not just to one culture but all cultures.”

When it began in England, the service included nine readers, anthems and carols sung by a choir, and congregational hymns. Three decades later at King’s College, the service was modified to include an organist, a bidding prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.

Parking is available on Bishop Boulevard in front of Perkins Chapel. For more information, call (214) 768-2348.