CANTON – Chris Kenney, a 1996 graduate of St. Lawrence University, will host a presentation titled "Unwrapping the Christmas Carol: The History and Cultural Impact of Popular Holiday Songs" Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, SLU.
Through lecture and piano performance of popular Christmas carols, Kenney will inform the audience with background on the compositions; biographical sketches of the composers; events in American and World history contemporary to the songs; and the emotional undercurrents that buoyed the songs to prominence.
Social implications of the songs will also be discussed, using research from Karal Ann Marling's book Merry Christmas.
For more information, contact 229-5998.
The event is free and open to the public.