Eastern to host 90th annual Candlelighting program Dec. 4


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 29, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Music Department will present its 90th Annual Candlelighting program Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Designed to give the Eastern community and the area community an opportunity to come together and usher in the Christmas season, the Candlelighting program is one of the oldest traditions at Eastern. The event will feature performances by the Concert Choir, Concert Band, and the Eastern Expressions and culminate with the traditional lighting of candles.

The Concert Band will present a selection of original arrangements by Dr. Brandon Hendrix, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles, including a haunting rendition of “Carol of the Bells.” The Concert Choir will perform several contemporary arrangements including “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The Eastern Expressions will perform “Feliz Navidad,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Song,” among others.

Students involved in the production include Leila Aaron and Jacalyn Hulsey of Wilburton; Kayla Carr of Checotah; Victoria Cole of Kiowa; Krystina Cabrera of McAlester; Christopher Ainsworth of Gowen; Samantha Cosper of Canadian; Clay Hawes of Talihina; Zana Johnson of Kinta; Igor Leal of Padrao, Brazil; Nicholos Martindale of Howe; Dante Miller of Quinton; Rebecca Needham of Clayton; and Lucinda Roberts of Yanush.

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