Voorhees holds annual Christmas concert
December 03, 2018
Voorhees College began the holiday season with the college choir presenting its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 2 in Massachusetts Hall.
The community Christmas celebration titled, “A Black Nativity: A Gospel Christmas Music Experience,” opened with an African dance performance by choir members dressed in dashikis and other clothing of African patterns and designs.
Rachel Jones, choir director, said she wanted the performance to narrate the story of Jesus’ birth but express the Christian celebration through an African-American perspective.
“This is a very popular play, originally authored by Langston Hughes, performed around the Christmas holiday that many women organizations, churches, and schools performs to open Christmas season. I am just ecstatic that the gifted students of the Voorhees College Concert Choir were able to deliver such an outstanding performance,” Jones said.
A Black Nativity tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through student led skits song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. Each skit highlighted the importance of the birth of Christ.
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.”
Senior choir member D’Ariel Walker said she was elated to have given such a strong performance with her peers for her last Christmas concert.
“I wanted the audience to grasp three F’s: forgiveness, faith, and family, which were themes in this play. We worked hard to put on an enjoyable concert to get everyone in the holiday spirit.”
The program concluded with remarks from President W. Franklin Evans, who said he could not have imagined a better performance.
“The Voorhees choir never ceases to amaze me and they have become my choir babies. I was overwhelmed with the joy and pride from the talents displayed by our students. Our choir is second to none,” Evans said.
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