"A Baylor Christmas" Concert to Air on TV Stations in 25 States
2019 concert featuring Combined Choirs and Baylor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Christmas in music and song
WACO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2020) – Beginning on Dec. 20 and through the Christmas holidays, KWTX Television will broadcast the premiere of "A Baylor Christmas," the University's annual Christmas concert recorded in 2019 that features performances of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs of the Baylor University School of Music.
The Christmas concert special will air on KWTX-TV and its CW affiliate on Sunday, Dec. 20, Thursday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and on six Gray Television stations throughout Texas and 49 other affiliates during the holidays. (See the broadcast schedule below. Check local listings to confirm dates/times.) The program also will be available for streaming on Dec. 21 on Baylor's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/baylor.
The concert, which has heralded the arrival of Christmas at Baylor for nearly 50 years, features the talent of more than 450 Baylor students and faculty, including the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and five choirs of the Baylor choral program: Women's Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Choir, Bella Voce and A Cappella Choir. In 2019, the School of Music and KWTX made the decision to record the performance of that year's concert for a television premiere on KWTX and its Gray affiliates in the Christmas season of 2020.
"Little did we know that our world would face the current global pandemic and that there would be no in-person concert in 2020," said Lynne Gackle, Ph.D., director of choral activities, professor of ensembles and The Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in the Baylor School of Music. "However, we are thrilled that KWTX will premiere 'A Baylor Christmas' 2019 locally and on Gray Television affiliates nationwide this Christmas season. We invite the Baylor Family and viewers throughout the country to revel in the spectacular music this Christmas in 2020, which will touch hearts and lighten spirits as we celebrate the birth of our Savior."
During sold-out performances in 2019, KWTX Television captured the brilliant voices and music that resounded throughout Jones Concert Hall on the Baylor campus. This year, KWTX provided Gray TV affiliates with 30-minute and 60-minute versions of the program, which enabled more affiliates to broadcast the concert.
"A Baylor Christmas" features "Paulus, Op. 36 – Overture" by Felix Mendelssohn performed by the Baylor Symphony, leading into the ever-popular candlelight processional that proclaims the birth of Christ, as the combined choirs sing "The First Nowell," arranged by Mack Wilberg, and "Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (from Hodie) by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The Baylor Women's Choir performs "In dulco jubilo" (from A Celebration of Christmas) by Karl Jenkins. Taking the stage next are four choirs: the Baylor Concert Choir singing "Sing We Now of Christmas," arranged by Fred Prentice, and "All Praise to Thee" by Elaine Hagenberg; the Baylor Men's Choir performing "Let There Be Light" by Craig Courtney; Bella Voce singing "What Sweeter Music" by Eleanor Daley and the traditional French carol "Pat-a-pan" arranged by David Conte; and the A Cappella Choir performing "All My Heart This Night Rejoices" by Z. Randall Stroope.
The Baylor Symphony returns to play Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" (from The Nutcracker), followed by the Combined Choirs joining together for "Silent Night" by Franz Grüber, with a special arrangement by Dan Forrest commissioned by the Baylor School of Music for the 2019 performance. To conclude the program, the choir will perform another well-known carol, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by Mendelssohn, also arranged by Forrest.
"This award-winning Central Texas musical tradition is sure to bring tidings of comfort and joy to families everywhere," said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. "We know that this year, the Christmas message of hope is more fitting than ever. As 2020 finally comes to an end, let us reflect on the message of peace, hope and love that marks the Christmas season."
Texas Broadcast Schedule
Check local listings to confirm airtimes.
Sunday Dec. 20, Midnight CT, (KWTX), 3 p.m. CT (CW12)
Christmas Eve, 9:30 p.m. CT (CW12), 10:35 p.m. CT (KWTX-TV)
Christmas Day, 6 a.m. CT (KWTX), 8 a.m. CT (CW12)
Bryan-College Station, Texas
Christmas Eve, 9 p.m. CT (NBTX-TV), 10:35 p.m. CT (KBTX-TV)
Christmas Day, 5 a.m. CT (KBTX-TV)
Christmas Eve, 11:05 p.m. CT (KFDA-TV)
Christmas Day, 9:30 a.m. (KFDA-TV), 11:30 a.m. CT (KZBZ-TV)
KGNS-TV, NGNS-TV. Check local listings.
KOSA-TV, NOSA-TV, KCWO-TV. Check local listings.
Christmas Day, 5 a.m. CT (FXII-TV)
New Year's Day, 6 a.m. CT (KXII-TV)
Christmas Day, 11 a.m. CT (KLTV-TV)
"A Baylor Christmas" also will air on the following Gray Television stations in these states. (Check local listings to confirm airtimes.)
Christmas Day, 4 p.m. (KYES-TV), 6 p.m. (KTUU-TV)
Christmas Day, 5 p.m. (KXDF-TV), 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. (KTVF-TV)
Christmas Day, 4 p.m. KYEX-TV, 6 p.m. KATH-TV
Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m. (KOLD-TV)
Colorado Springs, CO
KKTV-TV. Check local listings.
Christmas Day, 4 a.m., 6 a.m. (WRDW-TV)
Panama City, FL
Christmas Eve, 10 p.m. (WJHG-TV)
Christmas Day, 11 a.m. (WJHG-TV)
Dec. 27, 12:30 p.m. (WWSB-TV)
Christmas Day, 4 p.m. (WCTV-TV)
West Palm Beach, FL
Christmas Day, 7 a.m. (WFLX-TV)
Twin Falls, ID
KMVT-TV, KSVT-TV. Check local listings.
Christmas Day, 4:30 a.m., 6 a.m. (WIFR-TV)
Cedar Rapids, IA
Christmas Day, 4:30 a.m. (KCRG-TV), noon (NCRG-TV)
Dec. 19, 5:30 a.m. (NYOU-TV), 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. (KYOU-TV)
WIBW-TV. Check local listings.
KWCH-TV, KSCW-TV. Check local listings.
Bowling Green, KY
WBKO-TV, EBKO-TV, GBKO-TV. Check local listings.
Dec. 18, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m. (WYMT-TV)
Dec. 20, noon (OALB-TV)
Christmas Eve, 6:30 p.m. (NALB-TV), 10:35 p.m. (KALB-TV)
Christmas Day, 5 a.m., 4 p.m. (KALB-TV)
Baton Rouge, LA
WAFB. WBHX. Check local listings.
Christmas Day, 5a.m. (KNOE-TV)
Christmas Eve, 2 a.m. (WILX-TV)
WDAM-TV. Check local listings.
WLBT-TV. Check local listings.
WTOK-TV. Check local listings.
Christmas Eve, 10:30 p.m. (KYTV-TV)
Christmas Day, 7 p.m. (WBTV-TV)
WECT-TV. Check local listings.
Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. (KNDX-TV)
Christmas Day, 4 p.m. (KFYR-TV)
Dec. 26, noon (KNDX-TV)
KVLY-TV, KXJB-TV. Check local listings.
Christmas Day, 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m. (KSNB-TV)
Jan. 2, 2021, 2 p.m. (KSNB-TV)
North Platte, NE
Christmas Day, 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m. (KSNB-TV)
Jan. 2, 2021, 2 p.m. (KSNB-TV)
Christmas Day, 9 a.m. (WXIX-TV)
Dec. 26, 1 a.m. (WXIX-TV)
Christmas Day, 4:30 a.m. (WOIO-TV), 6 a.m. (WUAB-TV)
Dec. 20, 1 p.m. (WTVG-TV)
Greenville-New Bern, SC
Christmas Day, 2 a.m., 4:30 a.m. (WITN-TV)
Christmas Day, 5 p.m. (WVIR-TV)
Christmas Day, 7 a.m. (WSVF-TV), 6 p.m. (WHSV-TV)
Christmas Day, 4:30 a.m. (WWBT-TV)
Christmas Day, 6 a.m. (WDBJ-TV), Jan. 1, 2021, 8 a.m. (WZBJ-TV)
Christmas Day, 6:30 p.m. (WCAX-TV)
Christmas Day, 5 p.m. (WSAZ-TV)
Dec. 26, 1 p.m. (WVFX-TV)
Jan. 2, 2021, noon (WDTV-TV, WVFX-TV)
Green Bay, WI
Christmas Day, noon (WBAYTV)
Dec. 19, 6 a.m. (WEAU-TV)
Christmas Eve, 9 p.m. (WZAW-TV), 10 p.m. (WSAW-TV)
Christmas Day, 5 a.m., 5 p.m. (WSAW-TV)
Christmas Eve, 10 p.m. (KCWY-TV)
Christmas Day, 5:30 p.m. (KGWN-TV)
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