Eastern Music Department to present 93rd annual Candlelighting Dec. 3


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 11, 2019) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Music Department will present its 93rd annual Candlelighting program Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium.

The program provides an opportunity for the Eastern community and area community to convene and welcome the holiday season. The event is one of the oldest traditions at Eastern and will feature performances by the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Eastern Expressions. The event will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” and the customary lighting of candles.

Dr. Brandon Hendrix, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles, will lead the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Eastern Expressions in this display of talent. The groups will perform a selection of classic numbers including “What Child is This?,” “Where Are You, Christmas?,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Night of Wonder.” The Concert Band will also debut Hendrix’s arrangement of “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Christmas Bells: A Medley.”

“I arranged both band pieces specifically for this semester’s Concert Band students,” Hendrix said. ““We Need a Little Christmas” first appeared in the 1966 Broadway musical, “Mame.” The song is performed after the lead actor, Mame, loses her fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. She decides that they “need a little Christmas” to cheer them up!”

Hendrix said “My goal with this arrangement [of Christmas Bells: A Medley] was to present a fun and interesting new twist on two beloved classics. Following a rendition of “Jingle Bells,” the piano and percussion help create a hauntingly beautiful rendition of the traditional Ukrainian carol, “Carol of the Bells.”

Students involved in the production include Leila Aaron, Devon Cox, Hannah Gockel and Brianna Stockton of Wilburton; Hannah Posey and Alton Jones Jr. of McAlester; Christian Scarberry of Clayton; Joslyn Crocker, Gabriel Gibson and Ali Leading of Crowder; Caden Phillips of Tuskahoma; and Lisa Mathes of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Hendrix said although admission is free, the Music Department will accept small donations at the door to support student scholarships.

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