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LISTEN: William Jewell, Grace And Holy Trinity's 'The City Come Again' Holiday Performance

Don Ipock
William Jewell College
Performers at the annual 'The City Come Again' performance by William Jewell College and Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

In 1982, William Jewell College of Liberty, Missouri, joined with Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri, to begin a holiday tradition that the college called a Christmas gift to the city in words and music.

KCUR recorded this year’s performance on December 10 at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral for airing on Christmas Day.

Listen to the special broadcast:

Called "The City Come Again," the event was named after some lines in Robert Frost’s poem "Christmas Trees":

He proved to be the city come again
To look for something it had left behind

And could not do without and keep its Christmas.This year’s program included a variety of performances by Jewell faculty and ensembles: Christie White’s handbell choir; composer and conductor Anthony Maglione’s college’s concert choir; college organist Ann Marie Rigler, and many others.

It also includes poetry that reflects the season, including an original composition by poet Ruth Williams and a poem about the Christmas Truce of 1914 delivered by National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Matthew Naylor.

Listen to the program in its entirety here:



Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org.
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