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Portland, OR (November 24, 2003) — John Vergin ’78 will present December’s Tale, a solo performance of song, poetry, and prose on the themes of winter and Christmas, on Tuesday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Eliot Hall chapel at Reed College. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and free for members of the Reed community.

A revised edition of the popular seasonal performances Vergin has offered at Reed for many years, December's Tale incorporates musical and poetic works into the texture of the story itself. The program will include the medieval songs "A Solis Cardine" and "Angelus ad Virginem," the folk song "The Cherry Tree Carol," and an original composition by Vergin, "The Winter's Spring." Works by the English poet John Clare, as well as some of Vergin's own poetry, will also be part of the production.

John Vergin has been an active member of Portland’s theatre and classical music communities for many years. As a classical musician, he is an oratorio soloist, recitalist, accompanist, composer, and teacher. Vergin has written original music for Classical Greek Theater’s productions of the Bacchae, Antigone, and The Libation Bearers, as well as performed as chorus leader in several of their productions. He was awarded the 2002 Drammy Award for original music for his work on Bacchae.

Vergin's compositions have also been sung by the Portland vocal groups Cappella Romana, Cantores in Ecclesia, and Choral Cross-Ties. A frequent performer in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Vergin is also an adjunct faculty member of Reed College's music department, where he teaches voice.

For more information on John Vergin’s December’s Tale, visit the Reed events site or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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