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 The Christmas First Night Concert Tradition Continues

Anderson University to Welcome the Advent Season

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Anderson University invites the community to usher in the Christmas season at the AU Centennial edition of Christmas First Night. The concert, which has become a treasured yearly event for the Anderson community, will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Henderson Auditorium of the Rainey Fine Arts Center.

This year’s 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 with equal measures of humor and warm holiday remembrances.

Christmas First Night offers a broad range of musical pieces, including secular seasonal favorites along with traditional sacred songs. The concert will also include several Musical Theatre presentations by the Anderson University Theatre Department. 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 performers are especially excited to be a part of the centennial edition of ‘First Night’ as The University approaches its 100th birthday in February.”

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.

Anderson 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 Christian environment.



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