The Columbia County Choral Society is set to celebrate the meaning of Christmas through song.
The choral society’s annual Christmas performance, A Service of Lessons and Carols, is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Road.
The concert is based on The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from The King’s College of our Lady and St. Nicholas in Cambridge, England, which is broadcast live each Christmas Eve, Choral Society Artistic Director Timothy Powell said.
That service, first held in 1918, was created as a way to provide worship renewal during the Christmas season, Powell said.
“It just traces the Christmas story through Old Testament and New Testament prophecy,” he said.
The concert will consist of nine scripture passages followed by nine hymns, which range from John Rutter’s What Sweeter Music to the African arrangement, Betelehemu, Powell said.
“It’s going to be very multicultural,” said Powell, adding that several Christmas favorites are also a part of the program.
Forty members of the choral society will be joined on stage by dancers and instrumentalists, including Augusta organist Keith Schafer.
“It is a way to bring in Christmas in a very elegant (and) a very beautiful manner,” he said.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students, active duty military members and groups.
For information or to purchase tickets, call (762) 233-7793 or visit www.