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  The Central Oklahoma Stakes (44 congregations) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint are hosting the 2012 Joy to the World Christmas Concert at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. We are delighted to join voices with our neighbors of other faiths to present this Christmas musical celebration.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Craig Jessop as our guest conductor and are humbled that he is willing to work with us to make this great event a reality.

The musical program features soprano Lisa Howard and baritone Anthony Eversole.
The musical program is as follows:
  • A Christmas Festival
  • Carol to the King
  • The First Nowell
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • Joy to the World
  • What Child Is This
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
  • Farandole from L'Ariesienne Suite #2, IV - George Bizet
  • Poor Mary
  • Wexford Carol
  • Children, Go Where I Send Thee
  • White Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Selections from "Messiah"
  • Pifa - Pastoral Symphony
  • There Were Shepherds Abiding
  • And Lo, The Angel of the Lord
  • And the Angel Said Unto Them
  • And Suddenly There Was with the Angel
  • Glory to God
  • Hallelujah!
  • O, Come All Ye Faithful
  • Silent Night
  • Angels We Have Heard on High

Dr. Craig Jessop, Professor of Music, is the newly appointed and founding Dean for the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. These appointments follow Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as music director of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Head of the Department of Music at Utah State. He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall.

Prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, Dr. Jessop was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force music programs, where he served as director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987); as commander and conductor of the Band of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein, Germany (1987-1991); and as commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band (1991-1995). He has also been music director of the Maryland Choral Society, the Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir of Germany and the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.

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