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Calendar of events at Daytona State announced for December 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2014) - Daytona State College highlights the following selection of programming for December 2014.

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Stay Tuned for the WDSC TV Holiday Schedule in December

WDSC Holiday Line Up30TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT (Dec. 24, 11 p.m., Dec. 25, 3 a.m.)
THE 30TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT captures the sights and sounds of the holiday season in an entertaining hour-long concert. This elaborate, highly produced musical production, staged by the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, features a 1,000-member cast of actors, dancers, musicians, singers and even a young acrobatic troupe. They all perform against the backdrop of a winter wonderland, complete with a horse-drawn sleigh, ice-skating and falling "snow." The program includes highlights from the two-and-a-half-hour performances taped in December 2013, including a festive opening act with familiar carols and holiday songs, inspirational contemporary selections, and an original skit about a town that forgot the meaning of Christmas.

Join Chapman University's Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music as they celebrate the season with a special performance blending holiday classics with festive songs from around the world. Chapman University's 50th Annual Holiday Wassail Concert: Share the tradition!

Anderson University's annual "Candles & Carols" has ushered in the Christmas season at the Indiana liberal arts institution for nearly 50 years. Audience members return each year to hear the familiar strains of "Silent Night" and other traditional hymns echo through the campus auditorium amid the glow of candlelight. The 2013 edition of ANDERSON UNIVERSITY'S CANDLES & CAROLS spotlights the talents of AU's Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, the Men's Choir, the Women's Chorus, the Wind Ensemble, the String Quartet and the Dance Ensemble.

The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to present a very special Holiday concert. Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites. This year features the intensive Finnish orchestral piece Karelia Suite, Op. 11; the Ukrainian melody Carol of the Bells, performed by the Candlelight Bell Choir; a rousing rendition of the Nigerian carol, Betelehemu, performed by the Crane West African Ensemble; Mi Zeh Y'Maleil, a Sephardic folksong performed by baritone Brady Walsh; and the world premiere of Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker, a Scandinavian carol arranged by the Crane School of Music's own Dean, Michael Sitton.

CASTING CALL TO CURTIN CALL (Dec. 24, 2 p.m., Dec. 25, 10 p.m., Dec. 26, 2 a.m.)
"Casting Call to Curtain Call" documents every step of the process as the Omaha Community Playhouse performs A Christmas Carol. From the nerve-wracking auditions to the demanding 6-week rehearsal schedule, it's a nightly blend of laughter and struggle in preparation for opening night. It's a revelation for those who have never seen behind the curtain at a theatre production.

It's a Christmas celebration with star chef Hubert Keller who is taking viewers on a special culinary journey to his homeland of Alsace. Visit the area's famed Christmas markets and its top culinary hotspots. Highlights include: A tour through the beautiful village where Chef Keller grew up and its medieval Christmas market; Stops at Chef Keller's favorite cheese store and restaurant, plus an Alsatian winery; A finale at a spectacular Christmas dinner attended by Chef Keller's family and friends.

CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE (Dec. 25, 4:30 p.m.)
Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits theses cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Celebrate Christmas with us as we travel the globe, from Las Vegas, Nevada to the most remote corners of the world. Hear the different sounds of Christmas by the captivating songstress Darla Z and the legendary arranger and conductor, Bob Rozario.

FIRST SILENT NIGHT (Dec. 24, 8 p.m., Dec. 25, 12 a.m., Dec. 26, 12 a.m.)
"The First Silent Night tells viewers a tale that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances and ends with the creation of the world's most popular carol." For close to two hundred years, one carol has occupied the heart of Christmas celebrations across the world. It has been translated into over 300 languages, performed by Symphony orchestras and celebrated international artists and soloists. Almost every Christmas music release annually includes a new recording of Silent Night. This holiday melody has echoed through the world's shopping centres, exciting the minds of children. Its lullaby strains have drifted across battlefields, calming the hearts of warring nations.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH:  A UNITED STATES NAVALS ACADEMY TRADITION (Dec. 24, 7 p.m., Dec. 25, 11 p.m., Dec. 26, 3 a.m.)
Handel's Messiah: A United States Naval Academy Tradition since 1946. The United States Naval Academy Glee Club with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned guest soloists create a unique performance of one of the greatest choral works in Western music. Recorded at the Beautiful Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Messiah is an English-language large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.

HEALTHY HERITAGE KITCHEN demonstrates healthy versions of traditional holiday meals for ethnic communities. Hosted by Wilbert Jones, a Chicago based chef and food product developer this Wilbert will demonstrate how to prepare healthy recipes for Kwanzaa. Many ethnic American communities suffer from diet related illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. The holiday season provides little relief. This program introduces some simple substitutions that viewers can use to lighten up their holiday culinary celebrations. Wilbert Jones introduces ingredients used in his recipes for Spoon Bread, Seafood Stew and Pecan Coconut pie that present alternative ways to cut cholesterol, sodium, and fat. Later, Wilbert Jones is joined by Sira Williams to discuss the celebration of Kwanza.

Hosted by culinary artist and public-radio personality Carole Murko, HEIRLOOM MEALS CHRISTMAS celebrates the holiday season by delving into America's rich and diverse culinary history and honoring tried-and-true recipes and dining traditions. As she did in Heirloom Meals Thanksgiving, Murko seeks to "savor yesterday's traditions today" while paying tribute to the dying art of cooking from scratch. She contrasts the Mexican-American tradition of making tamales on Christmas Eve with the old-world Austrian-American custom of preparing a Christmas goose.   HOLIDAY HANDBELLS:  THE RALIEGH RINGERS The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present the sequel to their critically acclaimed holiday special, One Winter Evening at Meymandi. HOLIDAY HANDBELLS runs the gamut of song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmasscore and other sounds of the season.

In celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert. JOSHUA BELL PRESENTS MUSICAL GIFTS recreates Bell's personal tradition of hosting friends and family at his home during the holidays. The salon-style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season.

This special promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening's festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL (Dec. 24, 9 p.m., Dec. 25, 1 a.m.)
Renowned Dickens scholar and author Dr. Eliot Engel, crafts this entertaining study that complements every holiday schedule. Filmed in the spirit of a classic BBC-style presentation, actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens -- and seventeen other familiar characters from the ghostly classic, A Christmas Carol.

The ensembles of Purdue Musical Organizations perform holiday favorites in Purdue's 80th Christmas Show in the Elliott Hall of Music in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Emmy-winning tenor Shaun Johnson - a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa - goes solo in a spirited holiday special. He channels Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett in an era-spanning, up-tempo production that includes beloved seasonal staples, pop hits, fan favorites, an original composition and even a few unexpected numbers. Backed by a seven-member big band, Shaun covers holiday classics "Rocking on Top of the World," "Winter Wonderland," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Silver Bells" and "Let It Snow," as well as Sinatra standards "My Kind of Town," "That's Life" and "Can I Steal a Little Love?" Shaun also puts his own stamp on Elvis' "Blue Christmas," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and Michael Buble's "Haven't Met You Yet." Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience - The Spirit Of The Season features Broadway-style staging and lighting, a visit from Santa himself and plenty of audience interaction - a staple of any Tonic Sol-fa production.

ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS:  ALL IS WELL 2013 (Dec. 25, 11 a.m.)
This December, the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. - an institution known for its inspired musical programming - once again shares its annual holiday concert with public television audiences. A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: ALL IS WELL features seven of the university's internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles performing a festive collection of seasonal favorites. This one-hour special, taped before an audience of 2,500 at the European-style Orchestra Hall, celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing on both well-loved carols and innovative contemporary selections. Performances include: "All is Well," "Ave Maria," "Bethlehem Down" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

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Last updated: 2014-12-02T14:51:05.955Z