The Atlanta University Center wants all of Atlanta to know that it’s time again to gather the entire family in celebration of song and the season. The Morehouse and Spelman College glee clubs will come together once again to lift their voices in holiday cheer for their 87th annual concert.
The annual performance by the young women of Spelman and the young men of Morehouse is a tradition that has been rousing the Atlanta community for more than three quarters of a century.
The first Christmas Carol Concert was performed December 21, 1927. Over the years, thousands have made the concert, which is offered in three performances, part of their holiday kick-off tradition. The concert, which is a gift to the community, is free and open to public, but you will need a ticket for the Sisters Chapel performance that takes place at Spelman College on Saturday night. The Friday and Sunday performances at the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel are first-come, first-seated. So get there early!
The concert features a combined chorus of both the Morehouse and Spelman glee clubs presented in alternation with selections from each individual chorus as they perform special arrangements of Christmas carols, anthems, spirituals, and African songs. More than 7,000 people come from all over the southeast each year to attend the concerts, which are presented free of charge as a gift of music to the community
The performance schedule includes the Dec. 6 kick-off performance at Morehouse at 7:30 followed by the concert at Spelman on Dec. 7 at 7:30 (doors open at 6 p.m.). For this performance only, a complimentary ticket is required. There are no tickets available to see the live performance in Sisters Chapel but Spelman can accommodate guests in the Cosby Auditorium with viewing via live stream. Go online or call call Ticket Alternatives at 877-725-8849 to reserve a ticket. This performance can also be viewed on www.spelman.edu/livestream starting promptly at 7:30 p.m.
The final concert in the series is back at Morehouse on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.