Candles and Carols celebrates 41 years

Wed, 2012-08-01 10:57 -- univcomm

The joys of Christmas will radiate through Reardon Auditorium this Friday night. Candles and Carols — an Anderson University tradition for the community — featured sacred holiday music, scripture readings and a candle-lighting ceremony. “We let the program speak for itself and find it’s as meaningful and timely today as 41 years ago,” said Dr. Jeffrey E. Wright, dean of the Anderson University College of the Arts. “It has sustained itself and continues to be a beautiful event, even though the story never changes.” More than 250 AU students from the department of music will participate during the service, including the Chamber Orchestra, Chorale, and Men’s Choir, directed by Dr. Richard Sowers; the Women’s Chorus, directed by Joani Brandon; the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Susan Taylor; and the Dance Ensemble, choreographers, Roberta Wong and Doug King.

If you missed it or just want to relive how Anderson University helps usher in the Christmas season, Candles and Carols will be television by more than 160 stations across the United States (the largest broadcast distribution in the program’s history). The program will air throughout December on stations affiliated with Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS), independent regional networks and national affiliates.

“If you consider there’s about 1,500 TV stations in the United States and we’re (broadcast) in the top 10 markets, Candles and Carols is pretty widely seen,” said Don Boggs, general manager of Covenant Productions®. “It also is shown internationally on satellite networks. I have friends in Haiti who watch it. Candles and Carols has a broad appeal. People are looking for quality entertainment at Christmastime that has a spiritual nature. This is it.”

Anderson University’s Covenant Productions® will tape and distribute the event to television stations nationwide. The program will air through December on stations affiliated with Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS), independent regional networks and national affiliates. Covenant Productions® will also produce a DVD and CD of the program. DVDs are $15 each and CDs are $12 each.

Anderson University is a four-year liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing, and theology