WATERVILLE — Colby College announces the following upcoming events. All event are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

* Hail to the Presidents — music at Colby, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:o p.m. in Lorimer Chapel.

The second symphony concert of Colby’s bicentennial year, conducted by Eric Thomas, features works written during the inaugural years of various Colby presidents. In 1892, the year Charles Ives wrote his Variations on America, Beniah Longley Whitman became Colby’s 11th president. Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, written in 1942, had its debut the year Julius Seelye Bixler (responsible for founding the Colby Community Symphony) was appointed Colby’s 16th president. The music for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho was composed by Bernard Hermann in 1960, the year Robert E.L. Strider became president.. Also included, Francesco Geminiani’s La Folia and works by Eric Thomas and Mark Tipton.

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* Bicentennial Distinguished Lecture Series: Wendy Ewald is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building.

Ewald is a senior research associate at the Center for International Studies, Duke University, and an artist-in-residence at Amherst College. For more than 40 years she has collaborated on art projects with children, families, women, and teachers in Labrador, Colombia, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico, and the United States. Starting as documentary investigations of places and communities, Ewald’s projects probe questions of identity and cultural differences. Ewald has received many honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. She has published 10 books. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. In the spring of 2012 she won a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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* 43rd annual Service of Carols and Lights is set for Friday, Dec. 7, prelude 7 p.m., service 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, preludes 3:30 and 7 p.m., services 4 and 7 p.m., at Lorimer Chapel.

This Colby tradition continues to thrive. The service includes Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany readings, carol singing by candlelight, and the sounds of the Nickerson Carillon. Holiday selections by the Colby College Chorale under the direction of its new conductor, Nicols Alberto Dosman, and additional performances by student-led ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music. A musical prelude begins one half hour before the processional and includes the Colby Handbell Choir.

Free tickets are required and will be made available on a limited basis to music series subscribers before they are offered to the general public.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 859-5671.