Rocky Mountain College's annual holiday concert “Lessons and Carols,” set for afternoon and evening performances on Dec. 2, will feature a performance by RMC flute teacher Heather Zimmerman and a guest appearance by the High Plains Chamber Singers.
The concerts, directed by RMC professor of music Steven Hart, will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of 13th Street West and Poly Drive.
“We’re always delighted when we can add some new elements in presenting this traditional Christmas concert to Billings,” Hart said.
Zimmerman will perform “Arioso,” by Joachim Quantz. The RMC Concert Choir will perform “Psalm 8,” by contemporary composer Dan Forrest. The High Plains Chamber Singers will offer “Jubilate Deo,” by Orlando di Lasso, and will combine with the RMC Choir to perform a new arrangement of “There is No Rose,” by California composer Kevin Memley.
Tony Hammond, RMC assistant music professor, will lead the brass ensemble for “Awake, Arise and Hail the Morn,” arranged by Mack Wilberg.
Traditional carols and the powerful “Personent Hodie,” for brass, organ and choir, complete the program, which is free and open to the public.
The program is based on an old English tradition where the Christmas story is presented through choral singing, instrumental music and the reading of Scripture.