The acclaimed Charleston Gospel Choir presents the 20th Annual Gospel Christmas Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at Burke High School Auditorium, 244 President Street, Charleston.
A Lowcountry household name, the Charleston Gospel Choir brings real meaning to Charleston’s musical landscape performing down-home traditional spirituals and gospel renditions including some of the original arrangements performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) 20 years ago. Gospel gems include Give God the Glory, Christmas is Jesus Christ, My Help (Cometh from the Lord) and the lush arrangement for orchestra and choir of Unspeakable Gift are among the many jewels that will honor the Choir’s début performance with the CSO.
The performance will be conducted by Dr. Brandon Williams of Rutgers University featuring the Gospel Christmas Orchestra comprised of regional musicians for a rousing celebration of gospel favorites, moving spirituals, and festive holiday arrangements.
“The Charleston Gospel Choir has a long history of ushering in the holiday season, so I am honored to be invited and share in this holiday tradition marking their 20th year,” said Dr. Williams.
“We are honored to once again add to Charleston’s holiday season offerings mixing holiday songs with wonderful regional and local musicians. Gospel Christmas has come full circle now that we are performing at historic Burke High School as music is a staple of the school’s history,” said Lee Pringle, producer and President of the Charleston Gospel Choir.
Tickets and Information • 20th Annual Gospel Christmas
Charleston Gospel Choir, Dr. Brandon Williams, Guest Conductor
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Burke High School, 244 President Street, Charleston, SC
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.
Featured Artist: Dr. Brandon Williams, guest conductor
Dr. Brandon Williams is Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Choral Music Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He conducts the Rutgers Voorhees Choir (Carnegie Hall 2019, Eastern ACDA 2020) and teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to choral music education. As a secondary vocal music educator, Dr. Williams amassed a decade of middle and high school teaching experience in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also served as a conductor with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, the St. Louis Children’s Choirs, and as an adjunct voice faculty member at Maryville University. He holds degrees from Western Illinois University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University, and an Artist Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience-Institute for Choral Teacher Education.