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Holiday Programming on SFA-TV2

December 22, 2008 - Shirley Luna

SFA-TV2, the Stephen F. Austin State University television station, will air holiday shows continuously each evening through Christmas. The programs were produced by students in Dr. Al Greule's television-production courses.

The RHA Holiday Extravaganza features performances by Soul to Soul Gospel Choir, the SFA Choir and the Raguet Elementary School Choir and holiday music from the SFA band. The show ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree located in front of the Austin Building.

George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," performed at SFA on Dec. 5, also will air. Dr. Tim King of the SFA School of Music directed SFA's combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra and Nacogdoches Community Chorus, including hundreds of students, faculty and community members, in part 1 of "Messiah," popularly known as "the Christmas portion" and the famous "Hallelujah Chorus." The classic Christmas work concludes with audience participation caroling.

Joining the line-up of holiday programming is the annual Lighted Christmas Parade from earlier this month. Dan Patrick of Q107 radio describes parade participants as they pass through the streets of downtown. This program was produced in cooperation with the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Nine Flags Festival.

"Each of the Christmas shows will rotate around several times each day, so if you think you missed one of the programs, relax. It will replay a few hours later," Greule said.

To cap off the holiday programming, the annual downtown fireworks display from Dec. 6 will air at midnight New Year's Eve and at noon on New Year's Day.

SFA-TV can be seen on channel 2 of the Suddenlink Cable System in Nacogdoches.