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Seventh Annual O Come All Ye Faithful Concert Brings African Song & Dance to Cathedral

Duquesne University will host the 7th annual O Come All Ye Faithful concert to celebrate the Advent season. This year’s concert will feature African song and dance as well as other sacred music and readings.

O Come All Ye Faithful, an annual gift from the University to the city, marks the beginning of Advent, a time for the Christian faithful to prepare themselves spiritually for Christmas.

The concert's alternating music and readings, while reminiscent of a traditional Christmas lessons and carols service, is unique in that it focuses only on Advent and its significance. The music will include a mix of styles, with compositions from the 16th to the 20th century performed by choral groups, instrumental ensembles and soloists from Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music. Members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and members of the University faculty will read biblical passages and other sacred texts.

Dancers and percussion instruments will accompany the African songs that open and close the program. The processional number, Vanga Yohana, punctuated by the joyous ululation of female voices and sung in a Kenyan dialect, tells the story of John the Baptist, and the closing song Allelujah Sasa, written in the style of Kenyan folk music, proclaims the birth of the Savior.

When: Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m.

Where: St. Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at Craig Street, Oakland

Information: The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will immediately follow. Call 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/music for more information.

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