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DECK THE HALLS AT THE 86th ANNUAL SPELMAN-MOREHOUSE CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Terrilyn Simmons                                            
(404) 270-5822                                               
tsimmons8@spelman.edu

Elise Durham
(404) 507-8648
edurham@morehouse.edu


ATLANTA (Nov. 5, 2012) --
It’s a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss! The annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol concert will, again, kickoff the holiday season. Mark your calendars and join the Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Clubs for some Christmas cheer. Each concert is free and open to the public!

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Kickoff Performance
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus
7:30 p.m.
This performance will also be streamed live at www.morehouse.edu, starting promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec.1, 2012
Sisters Chapel
Spelman College Campus
7:30p.m.

For this performance only: A complimentary ticket is required. To reserve a free ticket, click here or call 877-725-8849. There are no more tickets for this performance; however, there is overflow seating available.  This performance will also be streamed live at www.spelman.edu, starting promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Final Performance
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus
6 p.m.

The combined choirs of about 100 singers will perform a mixture of new selections and traditional favorites. Two of the holiday favorites, featured each year, are “We Are Christmas” performed by the Spelman College Glee Club and written by Kevin Johnson, chair, department of music at Spelman and Sarah Stephens, C’2007; and “Betelemehu," a Nigerian Christmas Carol performed by the Morehouse College Glee Club under the leadership of Director David Morrow, professor, department of music at Morehouse.

Each year more than 6,500 supporters attend the free concerts. The choral performance has been rebroadcast on local and national television for the past several years airing on WXIA (Atlanta NBC affiliate), the Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBS) and Georgia Public Broadcasting. The concert is recognized around the country as one of the foremost Christmas performances.      

Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author and playwright Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu

Morehouse College
As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men, Morehouse College was recently recognized as the number one liberal arts college in the nation by Washington Monthly; one of 45 “Best Buy” schools for 2011 by the Fiske Guide to Colleges; one of the nation’s Most Grueling Colleges in 2010 by The Huffington Post; the number three HBCU in the nation for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report; and as one of American’s Best Colleges for three consecutive years by Forbes magazine.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care of Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award-nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from an HBCU.

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