The annual Carols in the Round concert will wrap up its 25th anniversary season Friday through Sunday, Dec. 18 through 20, with concerts all around Knox and Waldo counties.

Students are selected by audition to sing with the traveling group and perform at more than 20 locations between the end of November and the week of Christmas, where they offer their holiday music in candlelit settings, primarily churches. The four-part harmony of well-trained voices makes a real impression, as the singers surround their audiences. Between selections the group rotates, so each voice comes from a different direction on successive numbers.

David Stevenson has directed this chorus for a number of years and has traveled with the group to sing before many cultures in various locations. Each year, the composition of the singers changes as seniors graduate and new members assume their places.

No admission is charged; however, a free-will offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the tour. CDs to benefit the group will be available to buy at the concerts.

The final concert weekend begins Friday at 7 p.m. at Freedom Congregational Church, Freedom Congregational Church, 45 Pleasant St. Refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall.

On Saturday, Carols is the Round will be presented at 4 p.m. at John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden. The church is fully handicap-accessible. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the concert will be presented at East Belfast’s United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane.

Sunday marks the conclusion of this year’s tour. Carols in the Round will be presented at 4 p.m. at United Christian Church, built in 1812, 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173 in Lincolnville Center. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and attendees should be seated by 4 p.m. or be prepared to sit in the balcony. Following the program, a reception will be held in the recently renovated Community Building. The now completed Phase II improvements include a kitchen and ADA compliant bathroom. All are welcome to the concert and reception.

The finale of the a cappella tour is a 7 p.m. presentation at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 47 Court St. in Belfast.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or