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Gospel Choir to Celebrate a 'Soulful Christmas'

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2010) – The SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir will celebrate the holiday season with its fifth-annual Soulful Christmas concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

The performance at Hawkins Hall's E. Glenn Glitz Auditorium will feature a mix of urban, traditional, classical and spiritual music, including works by John P. Kee, Richard Smallwood, Joe Pace, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin and others. Also performing will be the choir's Step Team, as well as its Praise Dancers and Praise Team.

"The Praise Team opens up the concert and sets the tone for the rest of the evening,” said Sally Urban, the choir's adviser. "It provides a small preview of what's to come.  The Step Team and Praise Dancers add the dance element to the concert. For some, these are the favorite moments of our concerts. The all-student groups add excitement and beauty to the Soulful Christmas celebration.”

The Dec. 5 concert will also feature a special appearance by The Accidentals from Beekmantown High School. Under the direction of Karin Ryan, this a cappella chorus will sing a selection of popular Christmas carols. Also featured will be young violinist Emily Allen, who will join the band for a few songs.

"This concert will continue to be an energetic show appropriate for children and adults of all ages,” Urban said.

Tickets are available at the Angell College Center desk on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, as well as Great Adirondack Soup Company, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Wooden Ski and Wheel, and  Advanced Music  in Burlington. Advanced ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $5 for students; and $15 general admission, $8 for students at the door. Children 5 and younger are free.

The Gospel Choir, which was formed in 1991, is directed by Dr. Dexter Criss, an associate professor of chemistry at SUNY Plattsburgh. It comprises 65 singers as well as a 10-piece backup band. Its members include SUNY Plattsburgh students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as local residents. It performs around the region several times a year and has performed around the United States and Canada, as well as in Japan.

For more information, call 518-564-2704 or e-mail [email protected].

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