By Aaron Karr, Moroni Channel Contributor
American Fork Utah, USA
American Fork, Utah – The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic, in collaboration with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has released a YouTube video on the Lyceum Philharmonic Channel to raise awareness worldwide for the LDS Church’s call to serve this Christmas. The Philharmonic’s arrangement of John Rutter’s well-known Candlelight Carol, features an all-student cast of performers dedicating their talents to inspire others to see the light in the world. Filmed by candlelight, these students precariously perform a touching homage to the true meaning of Christmas.

​The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic has been featured on multiple videos with The Piano Guys as well as with Jenny Oaks Baker, Simply Three, Dallyn Vail Bayles, and Lexi Mae Walker. This student ensemble has won many state-wide and national honors. They have three commercially available albums including Holy Night which includes Candlelight Carol.

“Making this video was an adventure unlike any we had previously attempted. We have hiked our hundred-piece orchestra up mountains and streams, timpani, harp and all. But holding burning candles in one hand and valuable instruments in the other on the edge of a lake in the pitch dark of night was by far our most adventurous video shoot.” said Lyceum Philharmonic Director Kayson Brown. “I could not be more proud of the way these high school students have used their talents and their faith to lift others. Far too often the rising generation loses sight of celebrating Christ at Christmas. This video emphasizes Jesus Christ as the Light of the World, and we hope it inspires others to share that light with others through service.”

The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic is comprised of more than 100 high-school musicians who come from many schools across the state of Utah to participate in an after-school music program at American Heritage School. The Philharmonic is one of five orchestras in a community program that boasts more than 200 students ages 5 to 18. Under the direction of Kayson Brown, these extraordinary student musicians have made a dramatic impact on the musical community by performing inspiring programs both on their own and with some of the industry’s biggest names including The Piano Guys, Jackie Evancho, The 5 Browns, Alex Boye’, GENTRI, Rob Gardner and many more.

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