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Citadel News Service
8 Dec 2014

Christmas Candlelight Services highlights includes songs from 18-year-old composer


Christmas hymns of praise soared to the top of Summerall Chapel during The Citadel’s 2014 Christmas Candlelight Services. But at this performance, the cadets' voices, the beautiful setting and the 77-year tradition of the candlelight procession were not the only highlights. A freshman composer from the highly respected Westminster Choir College debuted two of his songs at the services. David Grossman is 18 years old and has composed more than 200 pieces ranging from choral and solo voice works to instrumentals. He has been playing the piano for six years and is currently working on a requiem and a symphony.

“We were honored to perform two of David Grossman’s songs,” said Cadet James McManus, chorale member and public affairs officer NCO for the S.C. Corps of Cadets. “We feel like our three candlelight services this year were the best yet and having David there in person to hear his songs made the services event more memorable.”

Grossman's songs performed by the cadets were titled See the Child and Christ was Born on Christmas Day.

The Citadel’s Christmas Candlelight Services are one of Charleston's longest holiday traditions. Cadets, who are part of the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, joined their talents with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band, to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration held three nights in December every year.

(From Left: Col. Mark Bebensee, associate provost for academic affairs and Citadel organist; David Grossman, composer and student; Nancy Lefter, chorale director)

 “The whole event was a rousing success,” said Nancy Lefter, Chorale director. “We couldn’t be prouder of our cadets’ performances.”

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