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Midland Heralds Christmas: Reflection

Midland Heralds Christmas: Reflection

Dec 15th , 2010

The spirit of the season was enjoyed by many in 2010 as Midland Herald’s
Christmas at Midland University. A new approach to time-honored traditions
offered a full spectrum of sights and sounds for the Fremont area community,
family and friends of Midland to enjoy.

Beautiful music is always a highlight of the holidays. “The Colors of
Christmas, a Tradition of Lessons and Carols” set the stage for a week of
events to celebrate Christmas. Held Sunday, Dec. 5th, the concert featured
the sounds of the Midland’s choir, the Clef Dwellers, the Santa Lucia
Singers, the Midland Band, and also the renowned sounds of Fremont’s own
Pathfinder Chorus, the Fremont Middle School Sixth Grade Honor Choir, and
Broadway’s Anastasia Lange. Lange, who has starred as the lead in the
musical “Cats”, also worked with Midland student musicians during her three
days on campus. Over 800 people gathered in the Event Center to enjoy an
afternoon of wonderful music.

Following the concert, many alumni and friends  joined together for another
Midland tradition – the annual Holiday Feast. This year, the focus was on
the tastes of Sweden and Denmark as guests enjoyed a Scandinavian
Smorgasbord, featuring Swedish meatballs, medisterpolse (Danish sausage),
pickled herring, red cabbage, brown beans and delicious desserts.

Back by popular demand for Midland Heralds Christmas was the SimpleGifts
concert, featuring Billy McLaughlin. The concert, was held Tuesday, Dec. 7
in Kimmel Theatre.  This award-winning, six-piece ensemble combines violin,
Celtic whistle, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic,
three-part female vocals to create a “modern Old-World” sound. On December
8, the group also led a master class with Midland students.

The Lueninghoener Planetarium on Midland’s campus was open several nights
during December for the “Star of Bethlehem” program. This program displays
the stars as they would have been seen from Bethlehem about 2,000 years ago.
Led by Midland’s Professor of Physics, Dr. Greg Clements, the shows continue
to be a traditional favorite.