"Lessons and Carols" marks the beginning of Advent and Christmas

Words and music come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus in "Lessons and Carols: A Prelude to the Advent Season," hosted by Fresno Pacific University.

The service is a collection of music and Scripture readings. Performances are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, at First Congregational Church, 2131 Van Ness Blvd.

There is no admission charge but tickets are required. Call the music office at 453-2267 or the church at 227-8489. A free-will offering will be taken during each performance.

The Concert Choir will perform the choral portion of the service. Readers will include university students, faculty and staff. Scott Horton is the organist. First Congregational sponsors the event.

The tradition of "Lessons and Carols" comes from the Church of England. First performed in 1918 at King's College (part of Cambridge University), the original service was adapted from an order by E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury.

Roy Klassen conducts the 40-voice Concert Choir. A music faculty member since 1977, he earned a doctorate from Arizona State University. Klassen also conducts the San Joaquin Chorale and Pacific Chamber Singers.

For information contact Roy Klassen, D.M.A., at 559-453-2267, rlklasse@fresno.edu or music@fresno.edu.