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Candlelighting at Southeastern

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Candles and music filled historic Montgomery Auditorium Monday night at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Candles and music filled historic Montgomery Auditorium Monday night at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – The 94th annual Candlelighting was held Monday night in historic Montgomery Auditorium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Candlelighting is anchored by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, the largest of the University’s choral ensembles, which includes members of the greater Durant community. The auditorium was decorated with the banners of the event from past years, and the candelabras were lit by members of the Cardinal Key Society.

This year’s program was titled “Gloria! Song of the Angels.’’ The SHARE

Children’s Chorus opened the program.

This event dates back to December 18, 1921, and is an annual highlight for the University and community.

Candlelighting scheduled for December 7

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate one of its oldest traditions on Monday, Dec. 7, as Candlelighting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

This event dates back to December 18, 1921, and is an annual highlight for the University and community.

Candlelighting is anchored by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, the largest of the University’s choral ensembles, which includes members of the greater Durant community. The auditorium will be decorated with the banners of the event from past years, and the candelabras are lit by members of the Cardinal Key Society.

This year’s program is titled “Gloria! Song of the Angels.’’ The Symphonic Chorus will present the Gloria by John Rutter, scored for chorus, brass, percussion, and piano/organ. The instrumentalists are also student members of the music department. Additional choral works by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Jennings, Clokey, and Chilcott will be sung, as well as a Chinese Christmas carol.

The SHARE Children’s Chorus will open the program. As always, there will be a carol sing-along for the audience.

The director of Candlelighting is Dr. Joshua Nannestad. Dr. Kate Stubbs (piano) and Dr. Michael Sheuerman (clarinet) will also perform. Dr. Jeri Walker is conductor of the SHARE Children’s Chorus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to Candlelighting, a tree-lighting ceremony will be held on the front lawn art 7:15 p.m.