Stetson to Celebrate the Holiday Season with Christmas Candlelight Concerts

Choir members sing in the Christmas concert
Choir members sing in the Christmas Candlelight concert, holding candels.
The Concert Choir rehearses for the Christmas Candlelight concerts in 2019 in Lee Chapel.

The joy and magic of the holiday season comes alive during Stetson University School of Music’s four Christmas Candlelight concerts at First Baptist DeLand.

Timothy Peter, DMA

For more than 100 years, the School of Music’s jubilant choirs and musicians have been captivating audiences with its annual, breathtaking performance, which has evolved into an evening dedicated to inclusive, sacred music from various cultural and religious traditions celebrated during the holidays.

The 2021 Christmas Candlelight concerts’ musical repertoire will focus on an inclusive and welcoming global lore plus John Rutter’s arrangement of “Silent Night” sung by multiple choirs as they light candles and close the performance.

“The in-person 2021 Christmas Candlelight concerts will feature School of Music students safely performing together,” said Timothy Peter, DMA, director of choral activities at Stetson. “Music is a wonderful tool for comfort, healing and promise, especially during these lonely months that have been experienced by many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The School of Music is looking forward to sharing the music of the holiday season with the community, families and friends.”

Andrew Larson, DMA

The 75-minute holiday performances, which sell out quickly, will showcase more than 175 student musicians from the Stetson University Concert Choir, Hatter Choir, Stetson Chorale and members of the Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Band.

Boyd Jones, DMA

In addition to Peter, Stetson faculty collaborating with the students on the concerts include Andrew Larson, DMA, associate dean and professor of music, and Boyd Jones, DMA, the John E. and Aliese Price professor of organ and university organist.

The four Christmas Candlelight concerts will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., at the First Baptist DeLand, 725 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, 32720. All seating is general admission. Doors open 45 minutes before each performance. Masks and physical distancing are required.

Tickets are $40 and will go on sale online soon. The performances also will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the School of Music’s YouTube channel.

-Sandra Carr