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LWC Singers go underground to celebrate Christmas season
Perform in Mammoth Cave in centuries-old tradition under the direction of LWC Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs Gerald Chafin and Music Instructor Wansoo Cho, both of whom also provided musical accompaniment
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College
MAMMOTH CAVE, KY - The Lindsey Wilson College Singers participated Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2014, in a Kentucky Christmas tradition that dates to the late-19th century. The Singers performed in Mammoth Cave's 35th-annual "Cave Sing," which was held in the national park.
The LWC choral group performed a 30-minute program of seasonal music for more than 500 guests of the park in an underground room known as the Methodist Church. The Singers performed under the direction of LWC Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs Gerald Chafin and Music Instructor Wansoo Cho, both of whom also provided musical accompaniment.
The Methodist Church earned its nickname from Methodist preachers who held services in the room in the early 1800s. In 1883, area residents began to hold a Christmas celebration in the room for several years. Of course, 20 years later the Louisville Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South founded Lindsey Wilson, which is now affiliated with The United Methodist Church.
In 1980, Mammoth Cave National Park reintroduced the local Christmas tradition. Lights are dimmed in the cave and the walkways are lined by oil lanterns, recreating the event's 19th-century heritage. In addition to the Singers, this year's "Cave Sing" also featured the Glasgow (Ky.) Brass Quintet, who performed in the cave's Rotunda.
The Lindsey Wilson Singers have performed two other times at the "Cave Sing," although this year's performance had an unexpected ending: a couple from the West were engaged in front of the Singers shortly after their performance concluded. - Duane Bonifer
This story was posted on 2014-12-08 03:32:55
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