‘Something different’ LSU’s fun concert features sacred, secular music

This won’t be your average “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

“It’s something different, and it’s a lot of fun,” says John Dickson.

“We’ll sing each day in the style of a different composer, and the audience will have to guess the composer that goes with each day.”

Dickson is conductor of the LSU A Cappella Choir, which will perform its annual Candlelight Concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the LSU Union Theatre. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is only one of the songs in the program’s lineup, which includes both sacred and secular music.

The concert will open with a candlelight processional by the chorus and will follow the sacred “lessons and carols” format in a one-hour nonstop performance.

“Lessons and carols” concerts incorporate sacred readings between sacred songs.

“But ours will be more than sacred,” Dickson says. “We’ll be doing readings for the holiday season. We’ll sing familiar carols, and a unique spiritual that is a carol, ‘Mary Had a Baby.’ One of our members, Kayla Louis, will be the soprano soloist on this.”

And as in past years, the lineup will include a selection of three carols, where the audience is invited to join in.

The choir will be accompanied by the LSU Brass and Percussion Ensemble, which will join the choir in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” challenge.

“There will be quotations of musical styles from recognizable composers like Wagner and Vivaldi,” Dickson says. “It’s a parody, and it’ll be fun for the audience to try and recognize the different composers in the song.”