Remastered Presentation of Award-Winning “A Baylor Christmas” to Air on TV Stations in 24 States

A Baylor Christmas
The remastered "A Baylor Christmas" holiday program from 2018 will air on Gray Television stations in 24 states during the Christmas holidays.
Dec. 6, 2021

Concert featuring Combined Choirs and Baylor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Christmas in music and song

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 6, 2021) – KWTX Television will broadcast a remastered presentation of its Emmy-nominated and Telly Award-winning production of “A Baylor Christmas,” produced in 2018 from the performances of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs of the Baylor School of Music.

The Christmas concert special will air on Gray Television stations throughout Texas and 23 other states during the holidays. (Check local listings below for broadcast dates/times.) The program also will be available for streaming beginning Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) on Baylor’s YouTube channel.

The annual 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 82-piece Baylor Symphony Orchestra, five choirs of the Baylor choral program and the Baylor Bronze Handbells, as well as local bagpipers Fiona Bond and Torrin Longnecker.

During sold-out performances in 2018, KWTX Television captured the brilliant voices of the Baylor Combined Choirs who, along with the talented musicians in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, resounded throughout Jones Concert Hall as they performed traditional favorites.

“A Baylor Christmas” features the ever-popular candlelight processional that proclaims the birth of Christ, with the combined choirs singing “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” arranged by Brett Stewart, and “Gloria (Movement 1)” by Mark Hayes, followed by the Baylor Women’s Choir performing “And Suddenly” by Michael Engelhardt and the Baylor Concert Choir singing the Spanish carol “Esta Noche (Be Joyful Tonight),” arranged by John Rutter.

The Baylor Symphony Orchestra takes the stage for Steven Amundson’s “On Christmas Day,” followed by the Baylor Men’s Choir performing the spiritual “Keep Your Lamps!,” arranged by André Thomas; Bella Voce singing the Michael Engelhardt arrangement of “Gaudete” and the A Cappella Choir performing the Canadian carol “The Huron Carol,” arranged by Sarah Quartel.

After an audience carol “What Child Is This?,” the beautifully decorated stage in Jones Concert Hall comes alive as the combined choirs join together for “See Amid the Winter’s Snow,” arranged by Dan Forrest, and conclude with “On Christmas Night/Sussex Carol,” arranged by Brett Stewart.

“This is truly a Christmas gift to our Baylor and Waco community, our state and viewers throughout the country,” said Lynne Gackle, Ph.D., director of choral activities, professor of ensembles and The Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in the Baylor School of Music. “The music – filled with splendor, beauty and the joy and excitement of the Christmas season – is captured on the faces of our Baylor students as they share their talent in this concert. It is our prayer that the message of Christmastide, which was first announced to shepherds on a far-off hill in Bethlehem centuries ago, will again touch hearts and lighten spirits as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.”

Although this year's concert was not performed before an audience, KWTX Television filmed the performances of "A Baylor Christmas" in Jones Concert Hall. The program will make its broadcast premiere during the 2022 Christmas season.

Texas Broadcast Schedule

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Waco-Temple-Killeen, Texas

KWTX-TV, Dec. 19, 11 p.m. CT; Dec. 24, 10:35 p.m. CT; and Dec. 25, 8 a.m. CT.

KNCT-TV (CW12), Dec. 24 at 9:30 p.m. CT; Dec. 25, 5 a.m. CT and 4 p.m. CT

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www.kwtx.com/programming/schedule/

Bryan-College Station, Texas

KBTX-TV, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 10:35 p.m. CT

NBTX-TV, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 4 p.m. CT

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www.kbtx.com/programming/schedule/

Laredo, Texas

KGNS-TV, NGNS-TV, KYLX-TV, OGNS-TV

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www.kgns.tv/programming/schedule/

Lubbock, Texas

KCBD-TV, KLCW-TV, KMYL-TV

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www.kcbd.com/programming/schedule/

Midland/Odessa, Texas

KOSA-TV, NOSA-TV, KCWO-TV

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www.cbs7.com/programming/schedule/

Sherman, Texas

KXII-TV, FXII-TV, UXII-TV

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Tyler-Lufkin, Texas

KLTV-TV, KTRE-TV

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www.ktre.com/programming/schedule/

 

National Broadcast Schedule

 

Alabama

Huntsville, AL

WAFF-TV

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Alaska

Anchorage, AK

KTUU-TV, KYES-TV, NTUU-TV

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Juneau, AK

KYES-TV, JYES-TV

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Arizona

Tucson, AZ

KOLD-TV

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Florida

Panama City, FL

WJHG-TV, WECP-TV, EECP-TV

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Sarasota, FL

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Tallahassee, FL

WCTV-TV, ECTV-TV

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Georgia

Augusta, GA

WRDW-TV, ERDW-TV, WAGT-TV, EAGT-TV

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Idaho

Twin Falls, ID

KMVT-TV, KSVT-TV

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Illinois

Rockford, IL

WIFR-TV

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Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Ottumwa, IA

KYOU-TV, NYOU-TV, OYOU-TV

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Kentucky

Bowling Green, KY

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Hazard, KY

WYMT-TV, EYMT-TV

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Louisiana

Alexandria, LA

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Baton Rouge, LA

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Monroe, LA

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Maine

Presque Isle, ME

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Michigan

Lansing, MI

WILX-TV

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Marquette, MI

WLUC-TV, ELUC-TV

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Minnesota

Mankato, MN

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Mississippi

Biloxi, MS

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Meridian, MS

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Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

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North Platte, NE

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North Carolina

Charlotte, NC

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Greenville-New Bern, NC

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Wilmington, NC

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North Dakota

Fargo, ND

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Ohio

Cincinnati, OH

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Cleveland, OH

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Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

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Virginia

Harrisonburg, VA

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Roanoke, VA

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West Virginia

Charleston-Huntington, WV

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Parkersburg, WV

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Wisconsin

Eau Claire, WI

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Green Bay, WI

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Wausau, WI

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Wyoming

Casper, WY

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Cheyenne, WY

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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 20,000 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 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

ABOUT THE BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Celebrating the centennial year of its founding throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, the Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. Baylor’s School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance, music education and academic majors, as well as doctoral degrees in church music. Degrees leading to the Bachelor of Music Education conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency. Visit baylor.edu/music to learn more.

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