Pianos play on despite ice storm

Pianos play on despite ice storm

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Despite the icy weather that came to north Texas, Southwestern students, faculty, and others outside the Southwestern community came to see the seminary’s Keyboards at Christmas concert Dec. 5.

The concert drew more than 1,000 to the seminary’s MacGorman Performan Arts Center.

“It was a beautiful program from beginning to end,” said Leo Day, dean of the School of Church Music.

Before the concert, Day referred to the event as “a feast for the eyes, a feast for the soul, and a feast for anyone who has any kind of musicianship within the soul or even if they have zero musicianship.”

Seventeen Steinway grand pianos were fitted onto the stage to be played during the concert, which featured more than 70 pianists including special guests, faculty, students, and even preschool children.

For a second year, Master of Music student Kaitlyn Zachary played in the program and said she enjoyed it after all the preparation and work that went into it.

“It wasn’t just work anymore,” Zachary said of the evening. “It became an act of worship.”

Day also says that the evening was not just a performance but a time touched by God.

“He blessed the event,” Day said. “And at the end of the day that’s all I care about, that His presence was magnified by the program.”

Those in attendance were able to enjoy a wide selection of Christmas carols such as “Jingle Bells” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” to other classics such as the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi.

“There was something on the program for everybody,” Day said.

Becky Lombard, professor of music at Truett-McConnell College in Ga., helped organize the event. In recent years, Day and Lombard participated in Keyboards events in New Orleans where they both served.

The event is part of the school’s effort to become an “All-Steinway” school. This year the seminary did not have to rent any of the pianos, all of them already being found on campus. Day said that is just another sign that they are nearing their goal.

The seminary will likely continue to hold the event until they raise enough funds from the offering to reach the “All-Steinway” status. After that, they may continue the program or rotate it from year to year with a new one.

  • Keyboards at Christmas
    Southwestern Seminary Dean of the School of Church Music Leo Day sings along with piano accompaniment during Keyboards at Christmas, Dec. 5. (SWBTS Photo/Jason Davis)
  • Keyboards at Christmas Aerial View
    An aerial view of two pianists during Keyboards at Christmas, Dec. 5. (SWBTS Photo/Jason Davis)
  • Seventeen Steinway grand pianos were fitted onto the stage to be played during Keyboards at Christmas, which featured more than 70 pianists including special guests, faculty, students, and even preschool children. (SWBTS Photo/Jason Davis)
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