Choral Program Fall Concert - Songs of the Season
Time: 4 pm
Summary: "Songs of the Season" will be the theme of the Annual Fall Concert presented by the choral and vocal studies program at Winston-Salem State University on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. in the K. R. Williams Auditorium on campus.
"Songs of the Season" will be the theme of the Annual Fall Concert presented by the choral and vocal studies program at Winston-Salem State University on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. in the K. R. Williams Auditorium on campus.
The concert will feature music ranging from Handel’s "Messiah" to seasonal African and African-American folks songs and spirituals performed by the WSSU Choir, University Women, Schola Cantorum and Burke Singers. Admission is free, but there will be an offering taken to support the WSSU Choir's upcoming travels to Nassau, Bahamas and Namibia, South Africa.
"We are extremely delighted to have Valerie Johnson and Dorothy Childs leading the choir in performing 'Messiah' along with our students Antony Howard and Daniel Smith," said D’Walla Simmons-Burke, director of choral and vocal studies at WSSU and conductor for the concert. "We also will have a community chamber orchestra providing the accompaniment for that portion of the concert and it will include WSSU students and faculty, UNCSA faculty and members of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem orchestras. Dr. Gregory Thompson, our newest member in the WSSU music department, will also be joining the performance as organist and Dr. Myron Brown will once again be the accompanist for the concert."
Johnson, a soprano, is an instructor of music and conductor of the Bennett College Choir. She has performed recitals at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Tono American Music Festival held in Tono, Japan, as well as in Manchester and London, England. Also known for her research in vocal health at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and on Black Creole Folksongs of Louisiana, Johnson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree in vocal performance from Howard University where she studied with world-renowned soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs.
Childs, a contralto, is a graduate of WSSU. She has had solo performances in several cities and states across the country, including singing before thousands of people at the Ministers' and Choir Director's Conference in Hampton, Va. She participated in the Divas and Divos Concert at WSSU and sang for the introduction of the Marian Anderson Stamp by the U.S. Postal Service. Presently, she directs the choir at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Trinity and the MP Browne Community Choir in High Point.
Thompson, an associate professor of music at WSSU, has performed as a solo and collaborative artist in various venues in the United States, Europe and Asia, including Carnegie Hall in New York and The Steinway Gallerie in Salzburg, Austria. He has also performed with the Peabody Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Charlotte Philharmonic and The South Carolina Philharmonic. He earned his undergraduate degree from Limestone College, the Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of South Carolina.
Students Antony Howard, a tenor, and Daniel Smith, a baritone, both sing in the WSSU Choir and Schola Cantorum. They also have represented WSSU in the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir that includes singers from each of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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