Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Concert Hopes to Bring Back Favorite Memories Friday and Saturday

"Frosty the Snowman..." I can hear this song playing in the background of home videos while opening Christmas gifts as a child. Christmas songs seem to never get old. Those melodies can take you back to a special memory of the holiday season.

Vol State's Music Department is giving everyone the opportunity to walk down memory lane this weekend. Students will be performing shows on December 6 and 7, each beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concerts will be held in the Wemyss Auditorium at Caudill Hall. I met with students recently as they rehearsed for the show.

There will be a variety of music styles, including gospel, rock, country, pop, and jazz. Several Vol State performance ensembles will be showcased during the concert.

"We have a so much talent in the group this year. I am excited for everyone to see what we can do," said Phillip McCoy, who sings in the Vol State Show Stoppers. "From the stage, the lighting effects, and of course, the music, it will be awesome to see the end result."

James Story, who is the Department Chair for Visual and Performing Arts, said that he hopes the performances bring back fond memories of Christmas.

"I encourage everyone to come out on Friday or Saturday night to experience the different sounds that each ensemble has to offer. They've each taken twists and turns for each arrangement, making it their own," he said.

"It's all about performing and giving new life to songs that people have loved for years,"said Jacob Young. "I hope that this year we are able to paint a picture with each song that takes people back to their favorite Christmas memories."

There will be a CD for sale that features songs performed by Vol State students.Sale proceeds from the CD on Friday will go to help fund the development of the new Humanities building.

The show is $5 for the public and $10 with a CD. It's free with a Vol State ID. For more information please contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.

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