JBU Celebrates 65th Christmas Candlelight

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 20, 2007) — John Brown University is pleased to present the 65th annual Christmas Candlelight Service. This time-honored Christmas tradition will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6; Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the JBU campus. All performances are free and open to the public. Doors will open for general seating at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. guests will be greeted with a traditional brass ensemble playing selected carols. An organ prelude will signal the start of the service at 7:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is suggested. Each year, this hallmark JBU event attracts thousands from Northwest Arkansas and surrounding states. The musical talent of the JBU Cathedral Choir under the direction of Paul Smith; the JBU Women’s Chorus led by Kate Dewey and the Cathedral Chamber Choir under the direction of Jake Funk will be featured during the 2007 Christmas Candlelight performance. With music that has been described as “a return to the roots of Christmas,” the audience will be treated to a wide array of traditional Christmas music as well as an African Noel and a breathtakingly beautiful piece called “I Wonder as I Wander,” featuring the whistling talent of JBU staff member and alumnus Stephen Sbanotto. “Countless hours of practice go into making Christmas Candlelight a special gift for the Northwest Arkansas community,” said Paul Smith, director of the Cathedral Choir and professor of music at JBU. “Our students and faculty work hard to make sure that Christmas Candlelight is the perfect addition to each person’s Christmas holiday.” The musical program also will be interspersed with Scripture readings by Dr. Jacob Stratman, assistant professor of English, and reflections on the Christmas season by Tracy Balzer, director of Christian Formation. The evening will come to a close with a postlude by organist and JBU music professor Dr. Jan Wubbena, as he performs J. S. Bach’s “Prelude in G Major, S. 568.” For more information on this JBU holiday tradition, contact the music department at (479) 524-7154 or log onto: www.jbu.edu/music. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.