Leadership and Coordination: Dr. Aylwin Yonathan’s Maestro Touch
At the helm of the orchestration was Dr. Aylwin Yonathan, an esteemed music professor at AIU, whose leadership infused the event with vibrant energy. His expertise ensured a seamless blend of performances, creating an enchanting experience for the audience.
Beneficiaries and Charity: Music with a Mission
Beyond the musical revelry, the festival served a noble purpose. Proceeds from the event were dedicated to supporting charitable causes, including SULADS, Bilay’s Home, and Ng Bo Den. It was a collective effort of performers and attendees translating into a significant contribution to these charitable endeavors.
Musical Extravaganza: Crafting a Harmonic Symphony
The festival unfolded as a musical extravaganza, presenting diverse performances—from poignant solos to impactful orchestral presentations. Participants from various institutions collaborated seamlessly, crafting a symphony that resonated deeply with the audience. These moments echo the wisdom of Johann Sebastian Bach, who asserted, “The aim of all music should be the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
Culmination with Dr. Yonathan’s Orchestra: A Grand Finale
The grand finale, conducted by Dr. Yonathan himself, showcased an hour of musical brilliance. The repertoire spanned from the serene notes of Silent Night to the jubilant crescendo of the Hallelujah Chorus, leaving the audience spellbound. Augustine of Hippo’s words rang true: “He who sings prays twice.”
Conclusion: Illuminating Lives Beyond the Stage
The Seasons of Light festival at Mahidol University transcended the realms of music, uniting communities and fostering a spirit of giving. Through the dedication of performers, the
guidance of leaders like Dr. Aylwin Yonathan, and the generosity of attendees, the festival illuminated not only the stage but also the lives of those in need. As the echoes of the last notes lingered, the impact of this musical celebration continued to resonate, leaving an indelible mark on both the hearts of the audience and the causes it supported.
In the echoes of Seasons of Light, a lasting impression has been etched on those present, elevating their thoughts and instilling an anticipation of the imminent return of Christ. These sentiments align seamlessly with Ellen G. White’s assertion that “Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to that which is pure, noble, and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God” (CE, 63).
By Dr. Youssry Guirguis