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Alcorn State University’s Choral Department spreads the holiday joy in the community

ASU Concert Choir Dec 2010

ASU Concert choir and orchestra performing in Natchez.

This holiday season, Alcorn State University’s Choral Department kept the tradition and gave several concerts spreading the holiday joy within the community. All performances were free and open to the public.

On November 30th, the ASU Chorale Department opened the series of holiday concerts with a performance held on campus in the Oakland Memorial Chapel. It was followed by the ASU Concert Choir and Men Chorale performance held at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, on December 2nd; Men Chorale’s participation in the Christmas Carol Competition in Vicksburg; the Annual Christmas Concert in Saint Mary’s Basilica in Natchez held on Sunday, December 5th; the Christmas Concert in Vidalia and St. Joseph, Louisiana on December 9, 10. The final performance of this holiday season was the Christmas Concert in Vicksburg on December 12.

The holiday program included Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach, carols, spirituals and of course the famous Jingle Bells. 

"The concert by the Alcorn State University Choral Department in Natchez was an absolute joy,” reflects Dr. Robert C. Sizemore, professor, ASU Department of Biology, and a Natchez Music Festival board of directors member. “It was an outstanding program with selections from Bach to "Up on the House-Top".  The choir directors, students and musicians are all to be congratulated for making this a perfect way to start off the holiday season."

The ASU Concert Choir is directed by Donna Shaffer and consists of talented music majors in the vocal program that come from a wide and varied background across America. They perform for special events throughout Mississippi and have also toured the United States.

The ASU Men Chorale, under the direction of Charles E. Wesley, will perform with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra on January 15, 2011. In 2009, the chorale sang with Dr. Beck and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra for an audience of over 2,000 students from across the state.

“The chorale members are excited to perform with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra,” says Wesley. “This upcoming concert is one of several major concerts on the orchestra’s concert series.”

Tickets are available for this performance at the ticket office, Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson, Mississippi.