A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas Coming to OETA This December

A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas Coming to OETA This December

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A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas highlights the uplifting power of music as performed by Bucknell University's internationally renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers, under the direction of William Payn. Adapted from the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols of King's College, Cambridge, the service takes place in Rooke Chapel, a study in architectural grace, on Bucknell’s beautiful campus. A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas airs Christmas Eve at 11:30 p.m. on OETA-HD.

"The high-definition cameras bring the wonder of the celebration alive in a way that has never been seen on television before," said Payn, a professor and director of choral studies at Bucknell. "Every aspect of the recording is beautifully presented.”

This interdenominational service features biblical readings and traditional carols for choir and congregation, including "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Joy to the World" and "Stille Nacht (Silent Night)." The program, which runs one hour, opens with the traditional candlelight procession and concludes with the ringing-in of Christmas.

Previous recordings of the service were nominated for Emmy Awards in 1996 and 2004.

Bucknell University is one of the top undergraduate liberal arts institutions in America. Based in historic Lewisburg, Pa., the University combines the personal academic experience of an intimate liberal arts college with the wide choices available at larger institutions.

A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas produced by WVIA-TV, the PBS affiliate that serves northeastern and central Pennsylvania and is distributed by American Public Television.

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