Anderson university's Candles & Carols

An Annual Christmas Program
for American Public Television

Candles & Carols Chamber Orchestra

Anderson University's Candles & Carols

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Anderson University's annual "Candles and Carols" Christmas concert will be videotaped in High Definition by Covenant Productions® on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Reardon Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University and edited for this Christmas.

Anderson University's Candles & Carols is a 56:46 stereo program featuring Anderson University’s choral and instrumental ensembles.  The program was recorded using 8 cameras, a jib and multi-track audio and is closed captioned. 

Anderson University's 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.

"AU's 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 the heart of the holiday season is unmistakably evident through the music, scripture readings, and those in our community who unite with one another in spirit and in song," 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; and the Dance Ensemble, choreographer, Shauna Steele.

The audience has the opportunity to participate in the program through congregational singing and the candle lighting ceremony at the conclusion of the evening.

The program will air this Holiday season on over 150 public television stations through American Public Television and will be carried internationally by EWTN. Covenant Productions® also produces 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 Anderson University School of Music at 800-619-3047.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 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, music, nursing and theology.