WT Christmas Concert Promises Tuneful Entry into the Holiday Season


CANYON, Texas — The region’s most-anticipated holiday concert returns Dec. 4 when the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra presents its 2022 edition of “Music of the Christmas Season.”

Free performances will begin at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on WT’s Canyon campus. Tickets are required and may be reserved at showtix4u.com/event-details/68570. Limited tickets remain for the 4 p.m. performance.

“This year’s concert will promise an array of classical and traditional works that will delight audiences,” said Dr. Mark Bartley, director of orchestral activities, the Lilith Brainard Professor of Music and associate director of the School of Music

Songs will include “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Silver Bells,” plus more by the likes of Randol Bass, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Sebastian Bach and more.

Soloist Sarah Beckham-Turner, WT’s assistant professor of voice and director of opera, will be featured on “Laudate Dominum” and “Gabriel’s Message.”

In addition to the WT Symphony Orchestra, the concert will feature WT choirs under the direction of Dr. Sean Pullen, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, and the Randall High School Chorale, under the direction of Kelli Harter.

Those who can’t attend in person can still see “Music of the Christmas Season” when it airs 8 p.m. Dec. 22 and 6 p.m. Dec. 25 on Panhandle PBS.

Fostering an appreciation of the arts is a key component of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

That plan is fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which publicly launched in September 2021 — has raised more than $110 million.




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