Christmas concert starts off holiday season at university


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (December 3, 2012) — The Tuskegee University Golden Voices choir drew hundreds to their annual Christmas concert and tree lighting ceremony Sunday at University Chapel. Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon announced the lighting of the Christmas trees inside and outside the chapel before the choir entered during a dramatic candlelit procession while singing “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

The choir performed Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,”
while accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra
during the first part of the concert. 
Afterward, the choir performed Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” under the direction of Wayne A. Barr, while accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra during the first part of the concert. Later, Rochon gave welcome remarks and praised the choir.

“You can see why it’s such a pleasure, a delight and an inspiration to work at Tuskegee University,” Rochon said.

He also recognized several dignitaries in attendance such as Tuskegee’s mayor, Johnny Ford, and alumna and Civil Rights activist, Amelia Boynton Robinson. He mentioned that Robinson is the oldest living Golden Voices alumna and still continues her work to promote voting rights.

“We are so privileged to have her with us in this community,” Rochon said.

For the second part of the program, the choir and university glee clubs performed a mix of popular Christmas carols and traditional spirituals. The crowd got the chance to participate in a boisterous rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” before the concert concluded with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

The Golden Voices play kazoos and make faces while performing "Good King Kong Looked Out."

The choir and an orchestra perform Sunday.

© 2012 Tuskegee University

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