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A Carthage Christmas

Carthage Christmas Festival: Come, With Healing in Thy Wings

Dec. 11-13, 2020
Encore Showings on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:
2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 25
Noon and 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 1

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Prof. Charlotte ChellCarthage dedicates the New Year’s Day replays of the 2020 Christmas Festival to the memory of beloved Professor Emerita Charlotte Chell, who passed away Dec. 28.

Prof. Chell produced the festival for 26 years, growing this holiday celebration from an event attended by a few hundred people into one of the most eagerly anticipated musical events in Southeastern Wisconsin. A lifelong devotee of the arts, Prof. Chell taught mathematics and computer science at Carthage for nearly 35 years. She won Carthage’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1987-88 and the statewide MAA teaching prize in 2000. In 2010, she became only the second active faculty member to receive the Carthage Flame — the College’s highest honor.

“Charlotte Chell was one of Carthage’s great builders,” said President John Swallow. “We are deeply in her debt, for all that she accomplished and for all that she inspires us to do. Her life will be long admired by all who were fortunate enough to know her.”

Please join us in remembering Prof. Chell.

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Watch the Christmas Festival Here

The concert will be shown in real-time, so grab some hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and enjoy the Christmas Festival from the comfort of your home. Thank you to everyone who joined us for supporting the Carthage Music Department. 

Download the Christmas Festival program

See a list of this year’s performers and sing along to the carols.

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Christmas Festival 2020 Poster: Come With Healing on Thy WingsCarthage College invites the community to celebrate the joy of the holiday season with the annual Carthage Christmas Festival Dec. 11-13. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Christmas Festival will be pre-recorded and then available for the community to watch from home at no cost. 

Featuring the majestic sounds of the Fritsch Memorial Organ, the Carthage Christmas Festival follows an age-old tradition of sharing the celebration of the birth of Christ through scripture readings and music.

This year’s festival will feature the same beloved elements of our in-person concerts, with some exciting additions made possible by our virtual format.

Enjoy performances by the Carthage Choir, Carthage Treble Choir, Carthage Chorale, Lincoln Chamber Singers, Wind Orchestra, and Carthage Philharmonic.

New this year, audience members will be featured during the festival, singing from their own homes. All alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to be part of our virtual performance. More details will be available on this website on Oct. 5.

This year’s Christmas Festival theme is “Come, With Healing in Thy Wings,” which references both “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” and “Abide With Me,” which the Wind Orchestra will be performing.

And as always, our Christmas Festival will conclude with the annual Service of Light, a breathtaking and unforgettable moment filled with sparkling candlelight to give us all hope during this difficult time.

So grab some hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and enjoy the Christmas Festival from the comfort of your home.

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Concert Times

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020


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