When I was an undergraduate at Baylor I had the opportunity to take part in the filming of Christmas at Baylor, a 2004 PBS concert special that aired across the country during the holiday season. It was really quite a spectacle, involving several choirs, the symphony orchestra, the fabulous McLane organ and a cast and crew of THOUSANDS* filmed in locations throughout Baylor’s campus. I bring it out every Christmas and watch it at least twice. (Photos are all screenshots from the DVD)
Can you see me?
What abooooouuuuut NOW?
Brass ensemble performing in the Truett seminary building
The a capella choir under the direction of Dr. Baily performing in the Armstrong Browning Library, which is also home to the largest collections of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (and, as a more random side note, secular stained glass) in the world. Including Borneo.
A little “behind the scenes” action
*insert Sunset Boulevard joke here*
Whenever my grandmother Joyce used to attend my choir concerts she would come up to me afterwards and say something along the lines of: “I could hear you out of everyone! You sounded so good!!” To which I would always respond: “Well, then that means I wasn’t exactly doing my job.” I always knew she was kidding but I loved the sentiment, nonetheless.
My favorite piece from the special is “Christmas Day,” which is basically a Christmas medley on crack. I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO IT!!!
*all numbers are approximate and completely fabricated
Artist: Christina Aguilera/ Album: My Kind of Christmas