Voorhees College Concert Choir tells the story of the Black Nativity

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Voorhees College Concert Choir tells the story of the Black Nativity

December 06, 2016

The celebration of the Holiday season was officially opened at Voorhees College with the annual Christmas concert by the concert choir. 

The community Christmas celebration held December 1 was titled, “A Black Nativity: A Gospel Christmas Music Experience.” The festive event involved skits, songs, and praise dances.

The program opened with an African dance performance by choir members dressed in dashikis and other clothing of African patterns and designs.  

Some of the songs performed during the concert celebration were “Mary Did You Know,” “Oh Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” “Take Me to the King,” “Come Let Us Adore Him,” and “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” 

This year’s program was a theatrical performance under the direction of Rachel Jones, acting choir director. For the past month, Jones has been assisiting the choir in the absence of Dr. Rosemary Griffin. .

“In just a short period of time, I was able to come back to my alma mater and assist in an area I know all too well from when I was a choir member,” Jones said. “It has been a joy to work with these students and individuals from the community throughout this last month to bring my vision to fruition. The students and the other cast members’ dedication and efforts were undeniably represented in the performance as they captivated our audience,” Jones said.

During Jones’ final remarks, she recognized an alum, Terry Bright,  who flew from Washington, D.C. to attend the concert. Bright, who sang on Voorhees College Concert Choir with Jones, said he thoroughly enjoyed the event and is looking forward to new and exciting things happening at his alma mater. 

“The performance of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity at Voorhees College was an experience,” Bright said. “I wish more alumni could have experienced this. Unlike Christmas concerts in the past, this performance had audience members exultantly leaping out of their seats as the choir performed Gospel music as if they were in church on Sunday morning.”

The program concluded with remarks from President W. Franklin Evans, who said he could not have imagined a better performance. During his remarks, he mentioned how he was speechless and overwhelmed with the joy and pride from the talents displayed by Voorhees’ students. 

“I am on cloud nine, and I am so elated about the excellent job from our students, faculty, staff and community members with our annual Christmas celebration. This event shows the type of talent Voorhees produces.” 

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.