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November 2005

Release date: November 8, 2005

Holidays to Get Gospel Kickoff

The ASU Choirs will usher in the holiday season with their annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 32. N. Irving St.

This year's program, "A Spiritual Holiday," will feature popular African-American spirituals and perennial Christmas favorites. It will be open free to the public.

The 80-member Concert Chorale, under the direction of Pamela Lee, will open the evening with Jester Hairston's beloved "Amen," which was featured in the 1963 Academy Award-winning movie "Lilies of the Field."

Other selections will include a black gospel setting of "Amazing Grace," John Rutter's "Dixieland" adaptation of "Down by the Riverside," and one of Moses Hogan's liveliest renditions, "I'm Gonna Sing ’til the Spirit Moves in My Heart." Warren Martin's electrifying version of "Great Day" will round out the spiritual segment of this dazzling holiday program.

The Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble will perform several Christmas favorites, including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Silver Bells," "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" and "Silent Night." The choirs will be accompanied by Louellen Meyer on piano and Jason Gregg on drums.

For more information about this free holiday event, contact the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, ext. 221.