PELLA, IOWA (November 19, 2020) — Central College's music department will offer a variety of virtual performances in December, highlighted by the Christmas Candlelight Concert.

In its 46th year, the annual event will look different amid COVID-19 protocols. It will be pre-recorded on Hoekstra Family Stage in Douwstra Auditorium and premiere to an online audience at 8PM, Friday, December 11.

Under the direction of Mark Babcock, a 1991 Central graduate and the M Joan Kuyper Farver Endowed Chair in Music and professor of music, the A Cappella Choir, Chambers Singers, and Handbell Ensemble come together for one of the college's most cherished traditions. This year's theme is "Peace on Earth."

The Christmas Candlelight Concert will be available for free at

Other scheduled livestreamed performances in December are:

  • "An Evening of Percussion Music," 7:30PM, Wednesday, December 2: Watch a livestream concert of the Percussion Ensemble and the Dutch Boom Drumline as they perform drum cadences, marimba quartets, solo marimba music and an original composition featuring cymbals, gongs, and tam-tams … oh my!
  • ALMA Christmas Concert, 8PM, Friday, December 4: Rock in the season with some jazzy Christmas favorites!
  • Flying Pans Steel Band "Caribbean Christmas," 7:30PM, Saturday, December 5: Savor your favorite Christmas classics with a tropical twist! "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" and Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards in Winter." Proceeds will benefit the Central Cares fund.
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble "Winter Spectacular,"4:30PM, Thursday, December 10: The Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "A Movement for Rosa" and "Christmas at the Movies" with selections of popular Christmas music by John Williams.

All will be livestreamed for free.

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal-arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character development, global experiential learning, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and sustainability education, athletics, and service. For more information about Central College:

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