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    Since 1954, the Moody Bible Institute Music Department’s production of Candlelight Carols has ushered in the Christmas season for friends and families throughout the Chicagoland area and the world.

    Featuring well-loved carols and innovative drama enhanced by professionally-produced multimedia and effects, Candlelight Carols continues to amaze audiences year after year. The Music Department music ensembles, along with members of Moody's Speech and Drama Core, create a compelling program sure to delight the whole family. This year, start a new tradition and join us for a festive and meaningful celebration of the birth of our Savior!

    This year we tell the story behind the Apollo 8 mission to the moon in December 1968. Three American astronauts read from Genesis before a worldwide television audience on Christmas Eve. Experience the story of their mission from the Saturn V rocket launch to the Lovell living room, surrounded by out-of-this-world music, at Candlelight Carols 2015: We Have Seen His Glory.

    If you have any questions, please call the ticket office at (312) 329–2399, Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    When and Where

    Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.

    The Moody Church
    1630 N. Clark St.
    Chicago, IL

    Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert.

    Ticket Info

    Oct. 19 by calling (312) 329-2399
    Seating is assigned.



    Complimentary parking will be available starting 2 hours prior to the concert in the parking garage on Moody Bible Institute's campus located at 208 W. Institute Place (on the corner of Wells Street and Institute Place). Round-trip shuttle bus transportation is available from the north side of the parking garage to Moody Church.


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    Creative Team

    Ronald Denison
    Executive Producer



    Messiah - Xiangtang Hong
    Conductor, Moody Chorale



    Dr. David Gauger
    Conductor, Moody Symphonic Band



    Dr. H.E. Singley
    Conductor, Moody Men's Collegiate Choir



    Dr. Betty-Ann Lynerd
    Conductor, Women's Concert Choir and Handbell Ensemble



    Lindsey Branson
    Drama Director



    Kelli Worrall




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    What People Are Saying

    "Attending this concert is a wonderful way to officially start the Advent season. The music is simply beautiful and runs the gamut from being exhilarating to awe-inspiring. This concert is a perfect way to be reminded once again of the moving story of our Christ's birth. It also helps to remind us of the real reason we celebrate Christmas."

    — Linda

    "My daughter comes home from college just to attend Candlelight Carols with my husband and me. It is the highlight of the season and a wonderful way to enter into the beginning of Christmas."

    — Pat

    "Candlelight Carols has been a real blessing to me. It's beautiful, very meaningful and my favorite part of the Christmas season."

    — Faith

    "I enjoy attending Candlelight Carols every year because it helps me start the Christmas season with the right perspective. The music touches my soul in a very special way, and I'm reminded of the goodness of God in sending His Son. The students are very talented, and I enjoy their dedication and creativity in putting together an excellent performance that glorifies God and ministers to people."

    — Angela

    "This was my first experience of Candlelight Carols and for me it was a very special time as I had never known music could be so harmonious and beautiful. I had never experienced anything like this. Dr. Nyquist's sharing of the gospel on the occasion was encouraging and commendable and all in all I loved it and was thankful to witness it." 

    — Satabdi

    "My husband and I love to attend the event. Our daughter graduated from Moody, so it is special to us. A favorite moment is when they walk down the aisle and sing, especially when the lights are out and the candles are lit."

    — Betty

    "We started coming to Candlelight Carols in 2011, and it has become a holiday tradition for our family. My children always look forward to singing along to their favorite carols!"



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    In 2004, Moody Bible Institute celebrated the 50th anniversary of our annual presentation of Candlelight Carols and subsequently produced the first anthology of the best of Carols. Since that time, two other anthologies have been produced. Taken from live performances, these collections contain some of the most requested and all-time best selections performed by the Music Department ensembles from 1955 until the present. All CDs are available for purchase from our online store or download a digital copy of "Merrily on High."


    Executive Producer: Ron Denison
    Producers: Angie Thomas, Julia Baad
    Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan

    Includes the following selections:

    • "Sleigh Ride"
    • "Blue Christmas"
    • "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
    • "Marche from The Nutcracker Suite"
    • "Go Tell It On the Mountain"
    • "Gloria III Vivace e Ritmico"
    • "Of the Father’s Love Begotten"
    • "Betelehemu"
    • "What Child"
    • "Gloria"
    • "How Far Is It to Bethlehem?"
    • "Hurry, Shepherds, Run!"
    • "Ten Thousand Joys"
    • "My Song Is Love Unknown"
    • "Nunc Dimitis"
    • "Who Is He in Yonder Stall?"
    • "O Holy Night"


    O Holy Night CDO HOLY NIGHT

    Executive Producer: Amy Gatschenberger
    Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan

    Includes the following selections:

    • "Deck the Halls"
    • "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman"
    • "Journey of the Wise Men"
    • "Dravidian Dithyramb"
    • "I Wonder as I Wander"
    • "Masters in This Hall"
    • "Russian Christmas Music"
    • "Gloria"
    • "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies"
    • "Mary, Did you Know?"
    • "Fum, Fum, Fum"
    • "Bogoroditse Devo"
    • "Noel"
    • "Joy, Joy"
    • "O Holy Night"

    Merrily on High CDMERRILY ON HIGH

    Executive Producer: Chris Wheeler
    Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan

    Includes the following selections:

    • "Here We Come A-Caroling"
    • "Noel Ayisyen"
    • "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
    • "Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy"
    • "Personent Hodie from Piae Cantiones"
    • "Of the Father's Love Begotten"
    • "Midnight Clear"
    • "Greensleeves"
    • "Betelehemu"
    • "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High"
    • "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
    • "The First Nowell"
    • "Mary Speaks"
    • "Silent Night! Silent Night!"
    • "Carol of the Huron"
    • "The Three Kings"
    • "Carol of the Bells"
    • "In the Bleak Midwinter"


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