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Charleston Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble Ring in the Holiday Season
Published:
11/18/2016 12:32:02 PM


 

Eugene Rogers
 

The acclaimed Charleston Gospel Choir joins the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble and, for the first time, the Colour of Music Festival Chorale for the holidays to present the 16th Annual Gospel Christmas Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30pm at Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston.

Providing the setting for the story of Christ’s birth through music, the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble opens the program with moving interpretations of sacred holiday music in the manner of the African-American Spiritual featuring talented mezzo soprano, Shanelle Woods. Williams Dawson’s Behold the Star and Jacqueline B. Hairston’s, Nowhere To Lay His Head are among classic sacred works from the Robert Shaw and Russell Bennett collection that includeLo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, O Sanctissima and Break Forth, and O Beauteous Heavenly Light.

A Lowcountry household name, the Charleston Gospel Choir brings real meaning to Charleston’s musical landscape performing down-home traditional gospel renditions including highly arranged toe-tapping compositions. Joined by theColour of Music Festival Chorale both groups will share dynamic solos including a gospel arrangement by Isaac Cates of Carol of the Bell and The Little Drummer Boy, Whitney Houston’s version of Do You Hear What I Hear, and the climactic gospel arrangement of Go Tell It On the Mountain.

The performance will be conducted by acclaimed conductor Dr. Eugene Rogers, Associate Professor and Conductor of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club featuring an orchestra of regional musicians for a rousing celebration of gospel favorites, moving spirituals, and festive holiday arrangements.

“I am honored to share wonderful holiday music in Charleston during my first visit to the Holy City and be part of this holiday tradition. Music and the holidays bring the joy of giving and love into our lives and is a wonderful way for families to be together,” said Dr. Rogers.

“We are again honored to be hosted by Reverend Dave Patterson and the Ashley River Baptist Church congregation. Their world-class sanctuary provides the perfect setting for telling the Christmas story and I am delighted to have the Colour of Music Festival Chorale join us this year,” said Lee Pringle, producer and president of the three musical groups.

Tickets and Information

16th Annual Gospel Christmas

Featuring the Charleston Gospel Choir, Charleston Spiritual Ensemble and Colour of Music Festival Chorale

Eugene Rogers, Guest Conductor

Shanelle Woods, mezzo soprano, guest soloist
Saturday December 3, 2016, 7:30pm

Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston 

Tickets: $35 adults; $30 seniors; $15 students with ID; discounted group rates for 10 or more

Tickets available at door, www.charlestongospelchoir.org or by phone (866) 811-4111

 

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Dr. Eugene Rogers, Conductor

Recognized as a leading conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, Eugene Rogers has appeared throughout the United States as well as Africa, Canada, China, Singapore, England, Portugal, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, and Italy.  Recently, Rogers conducted the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club in Salt Lake City, Utah at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

In 2014, the Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Rogers served as a chorus master, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award (Best Opera Recording).  In 2015, Mark Foster (Hal Leonard) Publishing began the Eugene Rogers Choral Series, a series featuring emerging composers who specialize in contemporary classical and folk music traditions.  Rogers is currently an associate professor of conducting and the associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he teaches undergraduate conducting, conducts the Men's Glee Club and the University Choir, and is the faculty director of the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute, a national high school summer program. 

Rogers was recently named National Chair for the American Choral Directors Association Diversity Initiatives Standing Committee.  2016-17 appearances include guest conducting and conference presentations in South Africa, Madrid, Portugal, Mexico, Singapore. Hawaii, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, California, Texas, British Columbia, and Michigan.

 

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