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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 2011 edition of Christmas First Night. The concert, which has become a treasured yearly event for the Anderson community, will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Henderson Auditorium of the Rainey Fine Arts Center.

This year’s Christmas First Night will feature selections performed by the major choral, instrumental, and dance ensembles of Anderson University. The concert will also highlight soloists and small groups 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. 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.

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America (#1 in The South).  It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.”




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