The Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the annual "Candles and Carols" Christmas concert on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University. The 48th 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, Theatre, and Dance will participate during the service, including the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gert Kumi and Kyung-Nam Oh; Chorale, and Men's Choir, conducted by Dr. Richard Sowers; the Women's Chorus, conducted by Joani Brandon; the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Susan Taylor; and the Dance Ensemble, Shauna Steele and Oybek Tashpulatov, choreographers.
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 record and distribute the event to television stations nationwide. The program will begin airing in December of this year and will be distributed by American Public Television in the United States and by the EWTN satellite network internationally. 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, Theatre, and Dance at (765) 641-4542.
Candles and Carols is a free concert with general seating. For more information, contact the AU School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at (765) 641-4542.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.