Brandon Cash

Brandon Cash, Mississippi Valley State University’s choir director, leads a rehearsal in preparation for the choir’s annual Christmas concert on MVSU’s campus.

On Tuesday, Mississippi Valley State University’s choir will once again grace concertgoers with a dose of Christmas music.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Greenwood’s First Baptist Church, 500 W. Washington St. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

The theme is “O Holy Night: A Celebration of Love, Unity and Peace.”

The choir, which has about 76 members, has been rehearsing three times a week since September, said Brandon Cash, its director.

The concert incorporates a variety of musical styles, such as classical, traditional chorales, African folk, and Negro spirituals, hymns and solos, Cash said. There also will be quartets and audience sing-alongs.

Andre Nawls

Andre Nawls, a member of MVSU’s choir, practices during a rehearsal.

Some works to be performed include “Christmas Processional,” “This is the Truth Sent From Above” and “The First Noel.”

Finally, Cash said, there will also be recitations of poems by Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.

Ray Smithee, the music director for First Presbyterian Church, will accompany the choir on organ and piano.

Cash said he hoped people would come to the concert and be inspired.

“This can be celebrated from all ages, all races. All religions can come together as one,” he said.

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