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Nov 13, 2020

Panhandle State Communications

OPSU Band Holiday Concert

The OPSU Band held an amazing Holiday Concert on November 13 in the Centennial Park.

There was an array of Christmas music played including: Dashing Through the Snow, Winter Wonderland, Tis the Season, and many more.

President, Dr. Tim Faltyn commented, “Sounds of Christmas Music filled everyone’s hearts who attended the Holiday Concert hosted by the OPSU Band this afternoon. These students have practiced tirelessly for weeks on this concert, and when we had to make the heartbreaking decision yesterday to go virtual, it meant their concert would have been canceled. Today they rallied and had a special performance! Thank you, Charla Lewis, and our AMAZINGLY talented students, for the opportunity to be filled with the holiday spirit!”

Director of Instrumental Music, Charla Lewis stated, “The reason I wanted to give the students an opportunity to perform even though it was a week early is because I know what it means for musicians to be able to perform for other people. They didn’t get that opportunity last Spring when we went virtual so I wanted to give them that chance this semester if we could make it work. A few of the students were quarantined and couldn’t make it, but most of them adjusted their work schedules so they could be there. Luckily, they work for understanding people. The original plan was to have the concert in the auditorium, but we decided to move it outside so we didn’t have to worry about a cleaning crew and so audience members could socially distance.”

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