American Family Christmas features concert, carols and Santa Claus

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will present its annual American Family Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in Harral Memorial Auditorium. The concert is always a fun-filled evening of musical performances by several of Wayland’s performance groups as well as Christmas Carols sung by those in attendance. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance for the children.

This year’s concert will feature performances by the symphonic wind ensemble, directed by Timothy Kelley, the hand bell ensemble and Wayland Singers, under the direction of Robert Black, and the International Choir, conducted by Dr. Scott Herrington.

The evening will open with a combined performance of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in carol singing throughout the evening, accompanied by student organist Lisa Wiginton, a senior church music major from Lubbock.

Dr. Ann Stutes, chairperson of the Department of Music, said this is always a special event for Wayland’s Division of Fine Arts.

“The study and performance of holiday repertoire is an important part of the professional training we provide our music students,” Stutes said. “It is rewarding that we can also share the fruits of their work with the community during the holiday season.”

Following the concert, children will be able to visit and take pictures with Santa. Photos will be available via email next week.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.