CCC Choir’s Winter Concert Receives Standing Ovation
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College and Agricultural High School’s Concert Choir received a standing ovation Monday night at the close of its “Winter Concert”.
The choir, comprised of singers form across the Mississippi Delta and Memphis area, performed the nearly two-hour concert under the direction of Kelvin Towers, chair of CCC’s music department and director of choir activities. Their voices were complemented perfectly by the Memphis Chamber Orchestra.
The production, normally held in December as the annual “Christmas at Coahoma” concert, had been rescheduled due to inclement weather. As a result, this year it was observed as a part of CCC’s “Civil Rights in America”, which features a month of scheduled events in honor of National Black History month.
Towers said it felt great to bring the concert to fruition after two-and-a-half months of preparation.
“We’re very proud of the turnout that we had on tonight. Usually our Christmas concert doesn’t really require advertisement … considering we had to postpone this program to a later date, I was very proud that our community still came out and supported us,” said Towers. “I hope everyone’s heart was filled with a good spiritual message and that melodious music illuminated their ears.”
The choir’s major work was the “The Cry of Jeremiah”, a piece written by the African American female composer Dr. Rosephanye. The piece, which was divided into four movements, was based on the 20th chapter of Jeremiah and recounted the sorrowful tales of the prophet. Between each selection, narrator Latonya Broom performed dramatic readings of the scripture, easily captivating the attention of the audience with her dulcet voice.
The choir began the program on a high note with a dynamic rendition of Roland Carters’ arrangement to “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with full orchestra. The audience was also visibly moved by renditions of the concert spirituals “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel”, “Precious lord” and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. The evening closed with “Great and Marvelous”, written by Dr. Wayne Bucknor, music professor at Oakwood University.
Part 2 of the program featured two special selections from guests W.A. Higgins Music Academy Choir, under the direction of Patrick J. Walker. The middle school students’ angelic voices stunned the audience with renditions of “Ubi Carita” by Ola Gjeilo and “Blessing of Music” by Joseph Martin.
“It was a honor to be invited to perform at CCC, which has one of the best choirs in the area,” said Walker. “We are excited that they thought enough to invite us, and we’re looking forward to seeing CCC continue to do great things.”