WBU School of Music celebrates Christmas 

December 1, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s School of Music is joining with the Plainview Symphony Orchestra for two nights of musical celebration to open the Christmas season. Two nights. Two events. One stage. One savior!

On Thursday, the Plainview Symphony Orchestra will present Christmas Glory at Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium. The concert will begin shortly after the conclusion of the Christmas parade in downtown Plainview at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Conducted by Boyce Wyrick, the symphony will present several Christmas favorites arranged for a full orchestra. The musicians will then combine with a chorus featuring members of the Wayland International Choir, Wayland Singers, Plainview High School’s A Capella Choir and chorus members from various church choirs. Tickets for the symphony concert are $20 and will be available at the door.

On Friday, the School of Music will present its annual American Family Christmas at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium. Admission to the concert is free.

“We consider this event our gift to the community,” said Dr. Ann Stutes, Dean of the School of Music. “We try to provide a program that everyone will enjoy.”

Friday’s concert will feature Wayland’s International Choir, directed by Dr. Scott Herrington, the Wayland Singers and Wayland Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Robert Black, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble directed by Timothy Kelley and Dr. Gary Belshaw on the organ. Selections will include “Christmas on Broadway,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Greensleeves,” and many more seasonal favorites.

The School of Music will also conduct the drawing for raffle prizes that will be given away. Music students are selling tickets for the raffle to raise money for a trip that will be sponsored by the School. Prizes include a trip to Paris, France, a $1,000, one-room furniture makeover from Furniture Expressions, and a 42-inch flat screen television. Raffle tickets are $10 and will be sold through intermission of Friday’s concert.