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Southern Folk Advent

When Shall I See Jesus?
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Leah Calvert and Friends
Bluegrass-Gospel Music

Brooks Holifield

Meridian Chorale and Soloists
Steven Darsey
Music Director

Old Church, Oxford, Georgia

There is no admission charge and no tickets are required. A free-will offering will be taken. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Presented in the historic Old Church at the intersection of Wesley and Fletcher streets on the campus of Oxford College, just 45 minutes east of Atlanta out I-20. Click here for detailed directions.

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The Sonny Houston Band performs at Folk Advent.

Leah Calvert and Friends will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and Brooks Holifield will preach at Meridian Herald's 25th annual Southern Folk Advent® Service. The Meridian Chorale will sing and Steven Darsey will direct the music. The event will be held Saturday, December 2, 4:00 p.m. at Old Church on the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Georgia. Admission is free.

This year's service features the majestic singing of Atlanta tenor, Timothy B. Miller, famed for his Atlanta Braves home game appearances. He sings the dramatic folk hymn "The Morning Trumpet" in Steven Darsey's arrangement, backed by the Meridian Chorale.

Meridian Herald is a recipient of the 2014 Governor's Award in the Arts and Humanities for bringing together "music, literary, and storytelling traditions from Georgia's past to share them with contemporary audiences, thus strengthening public appreciation for the wisdom of previous eras."

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Steven Darsey

Since its inaugural service in 1993, Southern Folk Advent® has become an honored holiday tradition. A form of Lessons and Carols, this service is based on folk hymns from the historic Sacred Harp tunebook, compiled in Georgia in 1844. The tunes are presented in a variety of formats, with the Meridian Chorale singing some in original arrangements and the congregation singing others both a cappella and with folk instrumental accompaniment. These hymns arose from the life experience of poor folk struggling to survive in the early 19th century south. Their haunting music embodies the struggles and dreams of generations singing and praying for the coming of Christ. Noted composer and music director Steven Darsey will lead the music. His Georgia heritage and research on The Sacred Harp have engendered a deep love for this music and the people from whom it sprang.

Built in 1841, Old Church springs from the same era and region as The Sacred Harp itself. Old Church is near Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia, at the corner of Fletcher and Wesley Streets.

To order a CD of the 1999 Folk Advent Service, with Fred Craddock, click here.


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