The Anderson University School of Music will present the annual "Candles and Carols" Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University. The 45th annual Candles and Carols Christmas program revives many memories for those who attend each year. Feelings of togetherness, the excitement of singing traditional Christmas hymns with thousands of friends, and hearing the familiar strains of "Silent Night" echoing through the auditorium in the glow of the candlelight encourage audience members to return to Candles and Carols each year.
"Candles and Carols is a wonderful musical experience that ushers in the Christmas season for many of us," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. "It shares the beauty and vibrancy of our music with an audience of all ages, and with the world. The message of the evening is always one of hope, peace and joy."
"It is a pleasure for us to give this gift to the Anderson community which faithfully supports us each year. Although it is only a small token of appreciation, I know it will be an enjoyable and memorable evening," said Dr. Jeffrey E. Wright, dean of the Anderson University College of the Arts. More than 250 AU students from the School 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; the Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Mark Stanek; and the Dance Ensemble, choreographer, Matthew Farmer.
The audience will have the opportunity to participate in the program through congregational singing and the candle lighting ceremony at the conclusion of the evening.
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. To view an updated schedule, visit the online TV schedule. Covenant Productions® will also produce a DVD and CD of the program. DVDs are $16 each and CDs are $12 each. An order form is available online or may be ordered by calling the School of Music at 765-641-4450.
Candles and Carols is a free concert with general seating. For more information, contact the AU School of Music at 765-641-4450.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.