University’s 90th annual Candlelighting scheduled for Dec. 5

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate the holiday season with the community by hosting the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony and concert on Dec. 5.

The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Candlelighting is the oldest tradition at Southeastern, with its origins dating back to Dec. 18, 1921.

Featuring the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, this event offers community members, university students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to come together to begin the celebration of the Christmas season.

Titled “A Christmas Tapestry,” the concert will feature a wide variety of sacred and secular music for the season. Music will range from Randol Bass ‘Gloria, originally written for the Boston Pops Christmas, to the Christmas music of Irving Berlin. With the full use of lighting, organ, and brass orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audience alike.

The Symphonic Choir will be joined by the Southeastern Brass Ensemble and members of the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble, Brian Walker, conductor; members of the Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Marc White, conductor;, and Dr. Mary Ann Craige, organist.

Candlelighting is supported by the Southeastern Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund and the Department of Music.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.