PC: It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas
Can you believe Christmas is almost here? The City of Clinton does a terrific job of making it look like Christmas. Even the Grinch himself would be full of Christmas cheer if he saw the Christmas tree beside the train tracks and how the light poles are decorated with bells and stockings and candy canes all the way down Broad Street.
PC’s Department of Music has done a wonderful job of making it sound like Christmas. For the past 21 years, the annual Christmas at PC concert has featured traditional Christmas songs. Yes, the show would even make the Grinch smile.
This year PC is presenting “The Gift for All Mankind” in a little less than a month. The Christmas at PC performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Both performances will be in Belk Auditorium, the large building just past the PC sign, on the corner of S. Broad and E. Maple.
Last year, some out-of-towners made the six-hour trip from St. Augustine, Fla., to see the program. If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat because this year’s performance promises to be one worth making a long trip for too.
But the good thing is you don’t have to. In a little less than a month, the PC Choir will perform the Christmas songs “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Waltz.” PC students will also perform “The Christmas Song.”
These Christmas favorites will be sprinkled throughout the concert with more traditional Christmas music, hymns and readings based on scripture passages focusing on the birth of Christ.
PC’s music department looks forward to offering Christmas at PC to the community every year. Students and professors began working on the show when classes started in August.
All of the ensembles — big and small — have a part to play. They cover a range of instruments, so there’s music you’re sure to enjoy.
The PC Pipes and Drum will perform music on the porch of Belk Auditorium before the concert begins. The PC Percussion Ensemble will perform prelude music on the stage as you make your way to your seat and before the concert begins.
The PC Choir, PC Chamber Orchestra, and PC Winds are the larger ensembles that will share the spotlight. The smaller ensembles will include Bella Voce (women's choir), the PC String Quintet, two PC Chamber Wind ensembles, PC Ringers and the Jerius Duncan Quintet, which is composed of all PC students.
Students will play solo performances too. Jarred Brown, from Saint Stephen, S.C., will play the saxophone, and Wataru Matsuyama, from Japan, will play the clarinet.
Christmastime is the most magical time of the year. Ring in the season by enjoying Christmas songs at Christmas at PC this year.
About PC: Presbyterian College is between Columbia and Greenville, in the college town of Clinton, S.C. At PC, we’re noted as much for our challenging academics as we are for our one-of-a-kind mascot: the Blue Hose. Our students are one-of-a-kind too: They bring their own interests and abilities to campus and pursue them with gusto. Students customize their education by choosing from 50-plus majors and pre-professional programs. They’re taught and mentored by a faculty whose #1 priority is their students’ success. Students research, intern, and study abroad. And they get involved on campus, a place defined by honor and ethics. PC prepares students to be fulfilled personally and professionally so they can contribute to today’s global society.