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WGBH Forum Network; Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral

12/19/2005

Robert Aubry Davis, radio host, WETA National Cathedral Choristers, musical ensemble Each Christmas Eve, the Cathedral hosts a quietly spectacular Lesson and Carols, one of its most attended and cherished events of the year. The service combines biblical readings that chronicle the story Jesus' birth with age-old and all-new carols, from folk to ethereal polyphony. Attendees and listeners thrill to the swell of many voices and organ together, as well as to the contemplative hush of 'Silent Night' as the service ends. Among the service's many distinctions is the sound of its Girl Choristers, the finest in North America. Though their sound is in some ways similar to that of boys, the girls, ages 8 to 18, create their own unique aural beauty. Guided by Director of Music Michael McCarthy, they are joined by superb male choristers and a congregation of 2,000 on this sacred night.


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WGBH Forum Network
Program
Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral
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2055

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Robert Aubry Davis, radio host, WETA National Cathedral Choristers, musical ensemble

Each Christmas Eve, the Cathedral hosts a quietly spectacular Lesson and Carols, one of its most attended and cherished events of the year. The service combines biblical readings that chronicle the story Jesus' birth with age-old and all-new carols, from folk to ethereal polyphony. Attendees and listeners thrill to the swell of many voices and organ together, as well as to the contemplative hush of 'Silent Night' as the service ends. Among the service's many distinctions is the sound of its Girl Choristers, the finest in North America. Though their sound is in some ways similar to that of boys, the girls, ages 8 to 18, create their own unique aural beauty. Guided by Director of Music Michael McCarthy, they are joined by superb male choristers and a congregation of 2,000 on this sacred night.

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Broadcast program

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Audio

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Event Coverage
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Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral,” 12/19/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_3BE5765CE25C4E23936458F689560E96.
MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral.” 12/19/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_3BE5765CE25C4E23936458F689560E96>.
APA: WGBH Forum Network; Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_3BE5765CE25C4E23936458F689560E96
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