Southeastern News

Candlelighting, treelighting among holiday activities scheduled for December 5

DURANT, Okla. Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the 95th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Monday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The longest continuing tradition on campus, Candlelighting is a festive concert anchored by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad. The choir will be joined by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. Jeri

Walker, collaborativepianist Dr. Kate Stubbs, organist Dr. Stewart Mayers, and a brass quartet.

Members of the Cardinal Key Honor Society will light the candles and the audience will have an opportunity to participate in singing carols.

This year’s program is built around a collection of English and American Christmas carols, as well as the Christmas Cantata by American composer Daniel Pinkham. The cantata is accompanied by brass quartet and organ, which is available  for the occasion thanks to a grant from the Southeastern Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee.

Also that evening, the University will also offer Santa and Entertainment from 6-6:30 p.m. at the Magnolia House, featuring the Chorvettes Stageworks Company and Dell McLain’s reading of the Christmas Story. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6:35 p.m. on the front lawn of campus with the Southeastern Brass Ensemble performing.

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.