The Feast of Lights
One of the Inland area's most treasured holiday traditions returns this week.
The 61st Feast of Lights, a service of worship celebrating the birth of Jesus in spoken word, tableaux, song and instrumental offering, is being held Dec. 5, 6 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the university's Memorial Chapel. Tickets are on sale to the general public for $19 and $27, with pricing based on seat location.
The ticket office, which is located on the first floor of the Hunsaker University Center, is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.redlands.edu/events. Call the ticket office at 909-748-8881 for more information.
The feast's theme is "Renewing the Tradition," a title designed to communicate the rediscovery and revival of previous feast traditions.
Although presentations have differed slightly from year to year, the basic theme over the course of the past 60 years has remained constant: The story of the birth of Christ and the symbolic message of the star of Bethlehem as it led the Wise Men to the stable.
At the service's conclusion, the traditional ceremony of candles, adapted from an ancient rite, symbolizes the spreading of the light of Christ's message by 12 apostles throughout the world.
This is a landmark year in the history of the event, as tradition is renewed with the passing of the baton to a new generation of young conductors.
Directorial duties performed over the last 30 years by recently retired University of Redlands professor Jeffrey Rickard will now be handled by the new director of choral activities, Nicholle Andrews, and conductors Co Boi Nguyen and Jean-Sébastien Vallée.
Some traditions will be renewed during this year's event. The traditional tableaux will be renewed with vibrant new costumes, staging and lighting to celebrate the diversity of Christian cultural traditions. This year's services will feature a new theatrical lighting system and new tableaux scenery that will incorporate recycled elements of the old structure.
Feast of Lights participants include: director Nicholle Andrews; chaplain John Walsh; choral conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée; orchestral director Co Boi Nguyen; stage director Marco Schindelmann; costume and set designer Snezana Petrovic; costume assistant
Deborah Bradford; lighting designer Kevin Palkki; and the Chapel Singers, Madrigal Singers, University Choir and the University of Redlands Orchestra.
Contact: Monique Henderson
(909) 748-8070 (Phone)