“A Baylor Christmas” Concert Special to Air on TV Stations in 13 States

Watch A Baylor Christmas
Dec. 13, 2016

Annual concert featuring combined choirs and Baylor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Christmas in music and song

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 13, 2016) – “A Baylor Christmas,” an hour-long program produced by KWTX Television from the performances of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs of the Baylor School of Music, will air on Gray Television stations throughout Texas and 12 other states during the Christmas holidays.

The musical special also is available via streaming video on Baylor's YouTube channel.

The annual Christmas concert has heralded the arrival of Christmas at Baylor for nearly 50 years. For the third consecutive year, the faculty and students of the Baylor School of Music and KWTX Television have joined to create this special presentation to share the music of the season with a wider television audience.

During sold-out performances Dec. 1 and 2, the brilliant voices of the combined choirs along with the talented musicians in the symphony orchestra resounded throughout Jones Concert Hall as they performed traditional favorites.

“A Baylor Christmas” features the ever-popular candlelight processional with the combined choirs singing “Away in the Manger,” Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “The First Nowell” and Lara Hoggard’s arrangement of “Personet Hodie,” proclaiming the birth of Christ.

The Concert Choir sings “Noel” in the African Kituba dialect, arranged by Brad Holmes. The beautifully decorated stage in the historic Jones Concert Hall comes alive when the combined choirs sing Barlow Bradford’s exciting arrangement of the French carol, “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

“So much of the Christmas spirit is contained in music, and there is nothing like a beautiful Christmas program of music to put you in the right spirit for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child,” said Stephen Heyde, The Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies, director of orchestral activities and conductor-in-residence in the School of Music. “We have exceptional choral and orchestra programs at Baylor, and when these two areas work together collegially and collaboratively, very special things can happen, and it has magnificently in this program. I’m very pleased and proud of our students across the School of Music and the university and our partnership with KWTX Television as we joined together for ‘A Baylor Christmas.’ It is a musical celebration of which Waco and Baylor can be proud and viewers around the country will enjoy.”

“A Baylor Christmas” will air in Central Texas on KWTX-TV and CW-12, and will be distributed to other Gray Television stations throughout the country.

KWTX-TV, Channel 10, Waco-Temple-Killeen
6 p.m. and 11:35 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25

CW-12, Waco-Temple-Killeen
10 p.m. Dec. 20
Noon and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
3 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25

KBTX-TV, Channel 3, Bryan-College Station
6 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25

CW-8, Bryan-College Station
10 p.m. Dec. 20
Noon and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
3 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25

“A Baylor Christmas” will also air on the following Gray Television stations. (Check local listings to confirm airtimes.)

Panama City, Florida: WJHG-TV
10 p.m. ET Christmas Eve, Dec. 24

Topeka, Kansas: WIBW-TV
11 a.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Hazard, Kentucky: WYMT-TV, EYMT-TV
Noon ET Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ET Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Alexandria, Louisiana: KALB-TV, CBS-2
11 a.m. CT Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
11 a.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25
5 a.m. CT Dec. 26

Monroe, Louisiana: KNOE-TV, KAQY-TV, NNOW-TV
4 p.m. CT Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
11 a.m. and noon Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Meridian, Mississippi: WTOK-TV, ETOK-TV
9:30 a.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Eau Claire, Wisconsin: WEAU-TV
12 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Casper, Wyoming: KCWY-TV
10 a.m. MT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: KCRG-TV
1:30 a.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Fargo, North Dakota: KVLY-TV, KXJB-TV
1 p.m. CT Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
11:30 a.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Greenville, North Carolina: WITN-TV, WITN2-TV
10 p.m. ET Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
2 a.m. and 8 a.m. ET Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Harrisburg, Virginia: WHSV-TV
5 p.m. ET Christmas Eve, Dec. 24

Anchorage, Alaska: KTUU-TV, KYES-TV
1 a.m. AT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Sherman, Texas: FXII-TV
2 p.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Odessa, Texas: KOSA-TV
4 p.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Bowling Green, Kentucky: WBKO-TV
1 p.m. CT Christmas Day, Dec. 25

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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