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Dillard Choir to Host 78th Annual Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 5

New Orleans) – Usually held on the first Sunday in December, the Dillard University Choir will perform its 78th annual Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in Lawless Memorial Chapel on the Dillard University campus. Though the concert is free and open to the public, seating is limited and is on a first come basis. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The 65 voices of the Dillard University Concert Choir, under the direction of S. Carver Davenport, will be accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra and will perform many holiday favorites. Selections include Christmas favorites will be performed such as “O Holy Night” as well as popular selections such as Richard Smallwood's “Anthem of Praise,” and the ever-popular gospel selection “For Every Mountain.”

This year the New Orleans Chinese Choir (NOCC) will join the Dillard Choir in the singing a holiday classic, the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah” by G. F. Handel.  The NOCC is under the direction of Dr. Wen Zhang, assistant professor of Vocal Music at Dillard.  Dr. Hong Dai, professor of Math at Dillard, also sings with the NOCC and serves as vice president of the group.

One of New Orleans’ favorite quartets, The Zion Harmonizers, is among the featured guests performing at the event. Also featured is the wonderfully talented Bridget Bazile, soprano, who will perform with the choir the rendition of its signature selection,  "How Great Thou Art” as well as “Mary Did You Know?” Other guest performers include Professor Wen Zhang, mezzo-soprano, Ebonee Davis, soprano, adjunct professor and Professor Hezekiah Brinson, pianist/organist. Rev. Earnest Salsberry,’06, interim chaplain, and Renee Miller Dolliole,’06, will serve as narrators for the concert and the Dillard University dance team, the DU Diamonds, will also perform under the direction of Dr. Jana Smith, assistant professor of physical education and choreographer.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating, as this is a standing-room-only event.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m. S. Carver Davenport director for the past 40 years, will lead the choir, which performed at the White House during the 2011 holiday season and performs in various states across the U.S. during their annual Spring Tour. For more information call 504.816.4800 or go to www.dillard.edu.

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