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by Darcy Force
Southwestern Adventist University’s 23rd annual A Night at the Meyerson benefit concert raised more scholarship funds then ever this year. Through sponsorships and ticket sales, the concert brought in over $41,000 in scholarship funds to support student musicians. The musicians, who auditioned to be finalists, all seek to use their musical talents in ministry but will also be seeking a variety of academic pursuits including communication and nursing.
The concert featured high school students from all over the United States as well as Southwestern Adventist University students and faculty. The evening also included the world’s largest performance of Stars, the ethereal composition by renowned Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Violinist Isabel Ong, from the Juilliard School of Music, and Dr. Jonathan Gregoire, organist for St. Andrew UMC in Plano, also performed. Dr. Gregoire performed a vibrant solo on the Lay Family Organ. The song, Festival Toccata by Percy Fletcher, is unique in that it allows the audience to hear all 4,535 pipes!
Sponsors for the benefit concert included Zacharias Real Estate, LLC, Pinnacle Bank, the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Texas Health Huguley Hospital.
A Night at the Meyerson is an opportunity for students to perform in a world-class environment; it is the culmination of a four-day Music Festival during which the high school students are coached by a team of clinicians from Southwestern’s Music Department. The 24th annual A Night at the Meyerson will be held on February 26, 2017 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Watch swau.edu/events for more details.
Southwestern Adventist University has offered Christian education since 1893. A liberal-arts university, the beautiful campus is located in Keene, Texas, about 20 minutes south of Fort Worth. Southwestern offers personable professors, 58 majors including business, nursing, and education, two masters programs, and many ways for students to get involved both on campus and abroad. With a student body that includes 15% international students from 32 countries and an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, Southwestern offers a uniquely diverse and personal college experience.