The “Soulful Christmas” will feature a major choral work call “Gospel Mass”. It is an appropriate work for the season that is written by Robert Ray, an African American composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. (see below for more info about Robert Ray’s distinguished career).
Allen Symphony Chorus is singing with the choir from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for a combined chorus of over 100 voices and will be accompanied by an instrumental combo. Shiloh’s director is also a distinguished conductor, composer, pianist, accompanist, organist, teacher and artist is his own right. His name is Victor Johnson and he has over 200 compositions in print! (There’s more about Victor in the red below). Victor recently directed “Gospel Mass” for a combined chorus from all the high schools in Garland, Texas and will conduct the “Gospel Mass”.
The program will include selections such as the Whitney Houston version of “Joy to the World” from The Preacher’s Wife”, “Now, Behold the Lamb”, “Worship the One”, “Mary Did You Know” and the ever popular and familiar Christmas Carol sing-a-long. We will be singing two versions of the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel. One is traditional and the other is from the work/CD “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”. As a bonus, we will present two original compositions by Victor Johnson for Christmas “Christ Came to Bethlehem” and “Run to the Manger”.
You will enjoy a new exciting work, hear some familiar and unfamiliar music for the season, hear some original compositions from Victor and enjoy the combined choirs of Allen Symphony Chorus and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, an instrumental ensemble, with Chris Brunt, our accompanist and Rusty King, the conductor.