Southern Folk Advent, Oxford

December 7, 2019




Old Church, Oxford, Georgia

When Shall I See Jesus?

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m. in Oxford

Brooks Holifield

Leah Calvert and the Dappled Grays
Bluegrass Band

Meridian Chorale and Soloists
Steven Darsey
Music Director

Saturday, 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 on Saturday 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.

Meridian Herald is a recipient of the 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.”

Steven Darsey

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.