Clarke University’s annual “For a Blessed Christmas” performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Clarke University.
“For a Blessed Christmas” is a touching portrayal of the Christmas story through a traditional lessons and carols service. All are invited to witness this intimate performance as listeners are guided from prophecy, through the Nativity, and into a Christmas celebration.
This holiday tradition is a favorite in the Dubuque area and features performances by Clarke choirs under the direction of Dr. Amanda Huntleigh, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. The concerts also feature the Clarke String Ensemble under the direction of Ann Duchow, Associate Concertmaster for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. The special guest soloist is Dr. Kylie Gougler, a soprano soloist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Clarke.
Dr. Gougler has performed both domestically and internationally on the opera and recital stages. Her acclaimed roles include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Birdie in Blitzstein’s Regina, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. She recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa; she has her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and her BA in Music from Luther College. Dr. Gougler previously served on the faculties at the University of Iowa, Waldorf University, and Luther College. She was also the Artistic Manager for the Madison Opera.
“For a Blessed Christmas” musical selections will include works by Bach, Corelli, Distler, Gabrieli, Handel, Sweelinck, and Vaughan Williams, as well as lullabies in Czech, English, and French.
General admission tickets are $15, tickets for guests between the ages of 5 and 18 are $10, and tickets are free for guests under 5 years of age. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.clarke.edu/forablessedchristmas or by phone at (563)588-6575.