Chris Kenney '96
Unwrapping the Christmas Carol: The History and Cultural Impact of Popular Holiday Songs
November 15 - 18, 2010

There are many ways of knowing, and many ways of learning. This program capitalizes on the power of music to allow participants to take an in-depth look at the history and condition of the United States - and other areas of the world - in the mid-20th Century. Through lecture and piano performance of popular Christmas carols, one learns the background on the composition of the piece, a biographical sketch of the composer(s), events in American and World history, and the emotional undercurrents that buoyed the songs to prominence. Social implications of the songs are further stressed using research from Karal Ann Marling’s book Merry Christmas.

Holiday Inn Film Screening
Sunday, November 14th ~ 7:00p.m.
Carnegie 10
Film screening and discussion about how the movie was used as a vehicle to promote Irving Berlin's music, how the film serves as a commentary on life during World War II, and how this influenced our society.
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Carillon Workshop
Monday, November 15th ~ 8:00p.m.
Gunnison Chapel
Lecture/demonstration about the carillon: history, demonstration, and hands-on opportunity.
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Main Performance
Unwrapping the Christmas Carol: The History and Cultural Impact of Popular Holiday Songs
Wednesday, November 17th ~ 8:00p.m.
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Discussion / Performance / Sing-a-Long

 

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