Albany State University's annual Christmas concert Sunday at St. Teresa's Catholic Church

Dec 05, 2014

Staff Reports, Albany Herald

ALBANY — The Albany State University Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers are preparing for one of their major events of the year. The group’s annual Christmas concert spreads holiday cheer in the community and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

This year’s concert — Christmas Africana: Missa Kenya Revisited — features the ASU Concert Chorale, chamber singers, drummers, and instrumentalists.

The program is influenced by African literature featuring Paul Basler’s “Missa Kenya,” Daniel Hughes’ “Babethandaza,” Wendell Whalem’s “Betelehemu,” African American holiday spirituals and more.

“This year the concert is filled with an Africana musical flavor,” said Marcia Hood, interim dean of the ASU College of Arts and Humanities. “The choirs have worked diligently in preparation for this concert.”

After the flood of 1994, in Albany, the congregation of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church opened its doors to ASU for the holiday performance and continued the tradition since that time. The concert’s original location, the university’s Caroline Hall, was destroyed by floodwaters, leaving only the chimney which still stands today.

St. Teresa’s Catholic Church is located at 417 Edgewood Lane. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to present this holiday concert as a gift to the Albany community for their unwavering support of the ASU Concert Chorale,” said Hood.

For more information about the concert, contact the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849.

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