The Christmas First Night Concert Tradition
Anderson University to Welcome the Advent Season
The College of Visual and
Performing Arts at Anderson University invites the community to celebrate the
advent season at the annual Christmas First Night celebration. The concert will
be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm in Henderson Auditorium.
Christmas First Night will feature musical selections performed by the major
choral and instrumental ensembles of Anderson University. The concert will also
highlight soloists and small ensembles.
celebration, Christmas First Night offers a broad range of musical pieces,
including secular seasonal favorites along with traditional sacred songs. The
concert will also include presentations by theatre majors from the Anderson
University Playhouse and choreographed dance selections. Christmas First Night
will be a festive evening to celebrate the heart and soul of Christmas with a
variety of art forms and genres.
Dr. David Larson,
Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, says the event has become a
staple as Anderson prepares for the holidays. “Hundreds of people from the area
couldn’t imagine beginning the Christmas season without First Night,” he
says. “It is truly a gift from our
students and faculty to the community and every performer puts a great deal of
effort into making it memorable.”
The evening will
conclude with the traditional Yule log ceremony on the front lawn of the Rainey
Fine Arts Center and refreshments. The concert is free to attend, but tickets
are required. Call (864) 231-2080 for more information.
University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina
Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked
in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools
to Watch in America,”
by U. S. News & World Report.
Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,”
Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the
Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive