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'Canterbury Christmas' in Oklahoma City to benefit low-income families

“Canterbury Christmas,” the Canterbury Choral Society's annual Christmas concert, is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Patrons are encouraged to donate cans of food and unwrapped toys to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Christmas Connection.
by Heather Warlick Published: December 1, 2013

Singers of The Canterbury Choral Society will raise their voices in holiday harmony for “Canterbury Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Civic Center Music Hall.

The evening's performance also is an opportunity for patrons to help those in need during the holidays as part of Canterbury's “Building Community” initiative. Patrons can contribute by bringing cans of food or other nonperishable food items to be donated to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Patrons also are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys as gifts to be donated to Christmas Connection, an organization that serves low-income families in the community.

“Part of Canterbury's mission is to be active in the community,” said Randi Von Ellefson, artistic director of Canterbury Choral Society. “And we thought it would just be a natural at this time of year, when people are thinking of giving to others, to reach out and ask people to give food and toys.”

For “Canterbury Christmas,” the 125-member adult chorus will be joined by the Oklahoma City University Faculty Brass Quintet and the children of Canterbury Youth Choruses.

Special guest will be David Janssen, an OCU music alum now living in Boston. The choir will perform the world premiere of his Christmas Motet “The Angels and the Shepherds in the Field.”

Brass, harp and organ will complete the festive sounds of the evening.

“What we try to do is find music, some that is familiar, some that is new, and new arrangements of Christmas carols,” Von Ellefson said.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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