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Celebrate the Holiday Season at the 90th Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert


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Audrey Arthur

Spelman College
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Cathy Tyler
Morehouse College

Spelman Glee ClubATLANTA (November 21, 2016) – An Atlanta holiday tradition continues when the Spelman College and Morehouse College Glee Clubs celebrate the 90th Annual Christmas Carol Concert, December 2-4, 2016, with a songbook of traditional and contemporary holiday compositions. The 2016 Christmas Carol Concert is noteworthy, as Spelman and Morehouse Glee Club alumni will come together in song to celebrate the anniversary.
“This year’s concert is very special because it brings together the rich history of both academic institutions and showcases the cultural significance of the music of African Americans over the past 90 years,” said Spelman Glee Club Director Kevin Johnson, D.M.A.
The Spelman Glee Club will perform a new song, “Let It Snow,” written by Britni Ruff, C’2017. Also new this year, an all-female band comprised of Spelman alumnae and musicians from across metro Atlanta will back both glee clubs.
“It is exciting to celebrate 90 years of the Christmas Carol Concert because of the wonderful tradition it has become for our audiences and college families,” said Morehouse Glee Club Director David Morrow, D.M.A. “Many of the alumni of the Glee Clubs have admitted they have not found another concert like ours since graduation. They are proud to join us on stage this year singing wonderful concert standard’s like ‘Behold the Star’ arranged by William Dawson. The alumni of Morehouse Glee Club will join us in the singing of Wendell Whalum’s arrangement of ‘Mary Had a Baby’ in memory of alumnus Oliver Sueing, who passed away this year. He was the first soloist for that piece.”
The concert series, which is a gift to the community, is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for the Sisters Chapel performance, which takes place at Spelman College on Saturday night. The Friday and Sunday performances at the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel are first come, first seated. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at each venue early.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (Preview/Spelman College Glee Club)
11 a.m.
Sisters Chapel
Free and open to the public
Parking fee: $3
Friday, December 2, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus (Directions)
7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sisters Chapel
Spelman College Campus (Directions)
7:30 p.m.
**For this performance only, a complimentary ticket is required. Reserve your free ticket with Ticket Alternative online or by calling 877-725-8849.  Please specify whether your ticket is to be mailed by U.S. Postal Service, shipped by FedEx or picked up at will call on the evening of the performance.  For groups of eight or more, please contact the Spelman College of Special Events at 404-270-5068.
An overflow viewing location will be available for the Spelman concert.
GPS address for Spelman College:  440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310.
The performance on December 3 will be streamed live at www.spelman.edu/livestream starting promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus (Directions)
6 p.m.

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, Georgia, 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, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, author 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 offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business Administration and Economics. Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In 2007, Morehouse launched a new Journalism and Sports concentration, which will one day grow into a major course of study.
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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