In keeping with tradition, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will mark the holiday season with the 92nd Annual Candlelighting and Concert at7:30 p.m. Monday. The event will take place in historic Montgomery Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.
Just prior to Candlelighting, the community is invited to share in the festivities with Santa and Entertainment from 6-7 p.m. in the Magnolia House with a performance by Southeastern's Chorvettes Stageworks Company and Dell McLain presenting "The Christmas Story.''
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. on the front lawn of the Morrison Building with Southeastern's Brass Ensemble performing. Everyone is invited to attend.
This year's Candlelighting concert -- Carols and Confections -- will feature the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, Natalie Reitz, conductor, presenting major works from the vast repertoire of Christmas music. The music for this season is noteworthy for its florid and descriptive content, and has become a staple of Christmas celebrations worldwide. Other works include Mozart's Regina Coeli,Holst's Christmas Day, and Nehlybel's Estampie Natalis. All works will be accompanied by Robert McFadden.
The concert will once again include the audience singing of traditional Christmas carols focusing on the festive nature of the season. The Southeastern Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ben Shaffer, will join in for the traditional carol sing. Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies will once again serve as acolytes in the candlelighting portion of the evening.
The traditional Candlelighting event is designed to reflect the festive nature of the season, and serves as a great way to start holiday celebrations.
To ask questions, please contact the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Music at (580) 745-2088. This event is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.