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Candlelight Carols 2018

  

Candlelight Carols

The Silent Night

This year, our Music Department presents the 200th anniversary celebration of a beloved Christmas Hymn, “Silent Night”, and shares the story of the WWI Christmas cease-fire through music and theater. This performance features Moody Bible Institute’s Chorale and Repertory Singers, Moody Campus Orchestra, Gospel Ensemble, Worship Collectives, and more. The story and music come together to create a moving Christmas experience.

“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

For over 60 years, Candlelight Carols, produced by the Moody Music Department, has been a cherished tradition for families across Chicagoland. Join us this year to celebrate our Savior’s birth through story and song!

 

Event Details

Candlelight Carols Tickets will be available:

Oct. 15–Nov. 29, 2018
 

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7 p.m.
     

Location:

The Moody Church
1630 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
 

 

Parking

Limited free parking is available at the Moody parking garage (208 W Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610). Please arrive 45 minutes early. The parking garage opens at 5:00 p.m. for evening performances and at 11:00 a.m. for the Saturday matinee. If the garage is full, you will be directed to paid lots. For more information and pay-ahead parking options, see moodyglobal.org/parking.

Ride our free shuttle bus from Moody’s parking garage (208 W Institute Place) to the performance at The Moody Church (1630 N Clark Street, Chicago). If you prefer, drop passengers off at the LaSalle Blvd. entrance of The Moody Church (also handicap access).

 

Artists

Dr. Brian Lee

Music Department Program Head

Brian Lee is a professor of music and program head of Moody’s Music department. He has sung solo in the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, with Bargemusic in New York City, and in concert halls across China. As a soloist, he has given premieres of contemporary American composers, collaborated with well-known Chicago musicians, and been featured on Live from WFMT. Brian has taught at Northwestern College and Wheaton College. He earned a MMus from new England Conservatory and a DMA from The Juilliard School. Brian and his wife, Helen, have three children.

Sondra Davis

Conductor, Gospel Ensemble

Sondra Davis leads the Gospel Ensemble and serves as the administrator for the Moody Community Music School. She has worked with many artists and various record labels, and continues a career in professional singing and recording. Sondra directed numerous choirs, conducted and judged auditions, established choral ensembles, and has written books, musicals, and plays. She holds four master’s degrees: one in vocal performance, another in music education, a third in educational leadership, and a fourth in curriculum and instruction.

Dr. David Gauger II

Conductor, Worship Collectives

David Gauger II is conductor of the Worship Collectives and coordinator of instrumental instruction at Moody Bible Institute, where he also teaches music technology, conducting, and contemporary worship courses. He plays extra and substitute trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing in concerts, recordings, and their recent Europe tour. He was formerly principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tulsa Philharmonic, and is currently assistant principal trumpet of the Elgin Symphony. A graduate of Wheaton College, he earned a DMA in trumpet performance at Northwestern University.

Dr. Xiangtang Hong

Conductor, Moody Chorale and Repertory Singers

Xiangtang Hong is a professor of music and director of the Moody Chorale and Repertory Singers. Born in Singapore, Xiangtang felt a passion for choral music when she heard a church choir sing during her early childhood years in America. She later earned a master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College with support from the Singapore National Arts Council, followed by a DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2011 Xiangtang received Moody’s Patricia Finch Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. She enjoys sharing her love of music as a choral clinician and guest conductor, but her greatest joy is mentoring her students.

Dr. Jae Hyeok Jang

Conductor, Moody Campus Orchestra

Jae Hyeok Jang is a professor of music and director of Moody Campus Orchestra. He also oversees Moody’s composition and music theory programs. He is a composer, conductor, and music educator. He graduated from Keimyung University in South Korea, then earned a MMus from Manhattan School of Music and a DMA from Boston University. Dr. Jang conducted Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, and was conductor/artistic director of Exeter Symphonia, Boston Korean Chorus and Little OL Korea Arts Foundation, and churches in Boston and New York, and is the artistic director at GEMA Mission.

Matthew Moore

Professor of Speech and Drama

Matthew Moore serves at Moody in the Music and Media Arts Division as a Professor of Speech and Drama. He holds an MFA in classical acting from The George Washington University and has been teaching theatre and communication classes for nearly 20 years. He also works professionally as an actor, director, and voice-over artist. Matthew is the founder of Lamp and Light Productions, which has the mission of helping people see, hear, and experience the Bible in a unique way. He has developed three different performances of Scripture, which he has performed at churches, schools, museums, and para church organizations around the country.

Chris Wheeler

Writer

Chris Wheeler is a freelance writer and editor who has been involved with Candlelight Carols for the past ten years; this is his second original script for the event. He has written for Reformed Worship and Think Christian, and writes regularly for nonprofits and Christian organizations. He and his wife, Linnea, live in Middlebury, Indiana, with four children under five years old. When not wrangling his children or writing stories, Chris enjoys hanging out with friends over coffee, and discovering new art.

What Others 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
 

“I graduated from Moody Bible Institute 20 years ago. Yet I was transported back to the days when I first began my journey with Jesus. It was a beautiful night of remembrance, and brought me so much joy. My daughter, who is 15, came with me and she was entranced. That meant so much to me for her to see, not just her local body but believers from all over the planet, praising Christ together. Lovely evening!”
   — Janet
 

“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!”
   — Desirée
 

“The performance on Friday was awesome! The performance would compete with any ‘professional entertainment’ celebrating Christmas in Chicago. We have been attending for the past 20 years and this year was the best ever.”
   — Burt and Suzy
 

“Candlelight Carols has been a real blessing to me. It’s beautiful, very meaningful, and my favorite part of the Christmas season.”
   —Faith
 

 

Recordings

BRING THE MUSIC HOME

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 you can download a digital copy of "Merrily on High."

 

THAT YOU MAY KNOW

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

Includes the following selections:

  • Betelehemu
  • Blue Christmas
  • Gloria: III Vivace e Ritmico
  • Gloria
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain
  • How Far Is It to Bethlehem 
  • Hurry Shepherds Run
  • Marche from The Nutcracker Suite
  • My Song is Love Unknown

 

  • Nunc Dimitis
  • O Holy Night
  • Of the Father’s Love Begotten
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Ten Thousand Joys
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • What Child Is This
  • Who is He in Yonder Stall
     

 

O HOLY NIGHT

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

Includes the following selections:

  • Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria)
  • Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies
  • Deck The Halls
  • Dravidian Dithyramb
  • Fum, Fum, Fum
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: A Choral Fantasy
  • Gloria In Excelsis
  • I Wonder As I Wander

 

  • Journey Of The Wise Men
  • Joy, Joy
  • Masters In This Hall
  • Mary Did You Know?
  • Noel
  • O Holy Night
  • Russian Christmas Music
     

 

MERRILY 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