November 15, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The annual Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The “Festival of Lessons and Carols ” is sponsored by the Amherst College Christian Fellowship, the Newman Club and the Protestant and Roman Catholic Religious Advisors. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Mallorie Chernin will direct the Amherst College Choral Society, assisted by Rachel Dunham '05. Jay Buchman '06 and Andrea Kahn '07 will direct the Amherst College Madrigal Singers. Other musicians will include organist James Maes and trumpeters Douglas Purcell and Kevin Daly '05, of the Amherst College Music Department.

The Choral Society will perform music of Mendelssohn, Schütz, Leontovich, William Dawson and others. Members of the college community will read the scripture lessons. The congregation will be asked to join in the singing of traditional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel's Messiah.