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UC’s “Our Gift To You” to air on several regional TV stations

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands' Christmas music program, "Our Gift to You," is scheduled to air in Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville and Knoxville, Tenn., during the Christmas Season, and for the first time, KET will also air the program on all three of its statewide channels.

In Bowling Green, WBKO-FOX will air the program on Sat.,Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m., and WBKO-ABC. will air it on Sun., Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m. Viewers of WKYT’s CW channel in Lexington can watch the program on Sun.,Dec. 19 at noon. In Knoxville, WBIR will present “Our Gift” on Fri.,Dec. 24 at 1:30 a.m. and on 10News2 on Christmas morning at 5 a.m. and again at 9 a.m. The program also will be available on Louisville’s CBS affiliate, WLKY, on Christmas Day, at a time yet to be announced. KET-will air “Our Gift” on the original KET channel on Tue., Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m.; on KET-KY on Tue., Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. and Fri., Dec.24 at 4:30 p.m.; and on KET2 on Fri., Dec. 24 at 7:00 p.m. All times are EST.

Each year, UC’s Music and Video Productions departments produce “Our Gift to You,” a thirty-minute, un-interrupted program, which showcases the talents of students in the Cumberland Singers, the Chorale and Chamber Choir. Directed by Dr. Jeff Smoak and David Etter, the groups share traditional and contemporary music to celebrate Christmas and the season of sharing.

Many, but not all, members of these groups are music majors or minors, but membership is open to all UC students. Chamber Singers is an SATB group of 16-18 individuals, and membership is based on auditions, in which students must demonstrate not only vocal skills but also the ability to read music. This group performs in the Madrigal Dinner each December as well as in concerts on campus and in local churches. The Chorale, a larger group, which performs on campus and travels on behalf of the University, performing in many different venues around the country, also requires an audition. Membership in Cumberland Singers, a group that performs on campus, requires only a love of singing.

Alumni, faculty and staff members, friends, students and community members, alike, have made “Our Gift to You” one of their Christmas traditions and look forward to the program each year.

Our Gift to You 2010 from University of the Cumberlands on Vimeo.