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Christmas is a time of wide-eyed anticipation and joyous celebration, a time to share the spirit.
Loveland Choral Society wants everyone to do much more than just share that spirit this holiday season. They invite audiences to “feel” the spirit when the festive LCS voices, rockin’ Good News Gospel Band, and guest gospel soloists gather at the brightly bedecked Rialto Theater for “Hallelujah! A Gospel Christmas.”
LCS will showcase three exceptional gospel soloists, Denver sisters Michelle Lindsey and LaTanya Hutchins, along with long-time LCS member and local favorite, Charles Suggs.
Audiences will enjoy hearing Lindsey’s rich voice on Do You Hear What I Hear, dwelling in the vocal stratosphere on Rise Up, Shepherd, and powerful interpretation of Let There Be peace On Earth. Hutchins will sing the poignant Sweet Little Jesus Boy, will be featured on the rousing Glory Hallelujah! and will join her sister, Suggs, and LCS on a number of gospel-infused carols. Suggs displays his vocal prowess on Amen, Have You Seen That Child?, and Last Month of The Year.
The sounds of a winter wonderland fantasy are captured with selections from Disney’s “FROZEN”. LCS
a cappella octet Vocal-EZE sets the mood with the film’s opening Nordic choruses Heimr Arnadalr and Vuelie. Then it’s on to the Oscar-winning animated feature’s biggest hits Frozen Heart, For The First Time In Forever, Love Is an Open Door, In Summer, Fixer-Upper, and Let It Go.
The concert will conclude with a lush gospel arrangement of Silent Night and no holds barred gospel rendition of Handel’s immortal Hallelujah chorus. According to LCS’s Artistic Director, Cliff Schultz, “It’s a holiday musical experience filled with spirit you will see, hear and most assuredly, feel!”
“Hallelujah! A Gospel Christmas” will be presented in The Rialto Theater Center December 12, 13, and 14. Evening performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. $17.00 reserved tickets can be purchased at the Rialto Theater Center Box Office or online at http://rialtotheatercenter.org and http://lovelandchoralsociety.org.
The Guest Soloists!
Charles Suggs, local LCS member, is no stranger to gospel music. He began singing when he was eight years old in Chicago where the weekly strains of praise and gospel tunes spilled from The First Pentecostal Church of Christ. Mr. Suggs has sung the national anthem at Coors Field for several Rockies games. He was a contestant on the NBC hit show “Your Big Break” and was chosen as a back-up singer for John Tesh during his concerts at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Michelle R. Lindsey is a native of Denver Colorado and has always had a passion and love for God. She began her singing career at the young age of seven years old. She is currently the Praise and Worship leader for her local church, Colorado Christian Fellowship, leading a congregation of more than 1,300 each week in exaltations. She also serves on the Elder Board at Colorado Christian Fellowship.
LaTanya Hutchins, a protégé of the late Metropolitan Opera baritone Arthur Thompson, is known for her chilling renditions of African American spirituals, as well as European art songs and arias. She grew up singing gospel music, and as an adult she trained classically, singing with Opera Colorado for five seasons. In addition to her solo performances of spirituals, blossoming under the tutelage of Thompson, she toured for several years as the lead soprano with the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, and is featured as soprano soloist on the Ensemble’s critically acclaimed recording of composer Linda Twine’s cantata “Sisters of Freedom” (aka “Changed My Name”). During her national and international tours, Ms. Hutchins has performed with numerous symphony orchestras as well as notable personalities such as Jessye Norman, Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Bill T. Jones, Max Roach, Anna Deavere Smith, Francois Clemmons and Dr. Vincent Harding.