The annual Christmas Concerts have been an integral part of our holiday season at PLU. Over the past many months, we have been following national and international research and guidelines regarding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our programs. Concern for the safety and care of our entire community has resulted in some very difficult decisions regarding our programs and public events.
Regretfully we were not able to hold our traditional Christmas Concerts this December. Public events of this magnitude were not allowed in Washington.
In this year of change, our annual Christmas celebration became PLU’s 12 Gifts of Christmas and featured short artistic vignettes distributed on consecutive days in December. These gifts were shared via email and social media, and posted on our Christmas Concert website. They included new musical works recorded this fall, performances from recent Christmas Concerts, and personal reflections from our students and faculty.
These were our holiday gifts to the PLU community—an opportunity to continue the PLU Christmas tradition within the constraints of a worldwide pandemic.
In these unprecedented times, our artistic disciplines have the power to heal the soul, illuminate the human condition, and provide a crucial vehicle for healing. We remain together in community and spirit this year—perhaps as in no other year before.
Thank you sincerely for your understanding and support.
Dr. Cameron Bennett
Dean, School of Arts and Communication