Recently, the Coahoma Community College (CCC) Department of Music announced that its choir would host its annual holiday concert entitled “A Christmas to Remember.”
The event is scheduled on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and will take place at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, located at 130 Florence Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614. The Memphis Chamber Orchestra will perform along with the CCC group as an added element to the event. A local high school choir will also perform.
Dr. Kelvin Towers, choir director and Department of Music chairperson, said his talented group has been busy preparing for the festive event. He looks forward to sharing one of Coahoma’s coveted treasures.
“Our college singers just completed a major performance that featured several HBCU choirs on our campus. They quickly had to turn the page and set that literature to the side in preparing for this concert,” said Towers. “To make up for the time that will be lost due to our Thanksgiving holiday, our students have been practicing in two sessions with a two-hour break for other academic studies.”
Towers said the event is in its 18th year and is returning after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this, he encourages the public to attend this highly-anticipated musical experience.
“The community should look forward to hearing a variety of selections sung in classical, pop, and gospel music traditions,” he added. “Our choir will be accompanied by the Memphis Chamber Orchestra. There will be something for every musical taste.”
Towers is especially eager to display the talent the CCC Choir offers. The group is comprised of gifted singers from across the southern region.
“This event gives our students an opportunity to fully display their musicianship in front of one of the largest audiences of the year,” Towers excitedly shared. “Each year, it is a huge event that brings the community together just in time for the holiday season.”
Like most HBCUs, Coahoma is proud of fostering an atmosphere that creates a sense of community, belonging, and togetherness. The choir, a close-knit group, is no different. The bonds shared between students and directors are ones that Towers holds dear.
“Our choir is very family oriented. They genuinely like spending time with each other. This makes the directors’ job easier in getting them to put in the extra work that will allow them to perform the music at a higher level of artistry,” said Towers.
The annual Christmas concert is a tradition that has been rousing the Clarksdale community for nearly two decades.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for optimal seating. No ticket is required to attend.