Festival of Lessons & Carols 2014: Get to Know the Conductor
Above: Maestro Eric Dale Knapp rehearses with the Nebraska Christian choir prior to the Festival.
Following a year off, the Festival of Lessons & Carols returned to Nebraska Christian on Friday, December 12. Students from NC, Central City, Palmer, Aurora, High Plains, and area home school students participated in an all-day workshop that culminated in the evening’s Festival of Lessons & Carols. The event was led by internationally known conductor Maestro Eric Dale Knapp and featured keyboard artist Linda Sweetman-Waters.
Knapp has made it a yearly tradition to help with the festival. “I am committed to this; I always revolve my schedule around this event,” he said. “This event is unique because it has dozens of different people from different backgrounds working for months. It reflects upon the story of Christianity with the power of God to sustain us. This event is great for people who can’t hear the spoken word; the music here carries the Gospel.”
Knapp has been fascinated with music ever since he was a child. He played the piano from a very young age, which helped move him in the direction of his current career. He views his career as a calling to serve and a great way to spread the Gospel.
Approximately 300 musicians in the Festival Choir, Orchestra, and Children’s Choir helped make the 2014 Festival a success, and more than 500 people attended the event.
The Festival can be heard in its entirety on our YouTube channel. (The picture isn’t very good, but the sound comes through well.)