Gospel Choir to Host Fall Concert

Group celebrates 45th anniversary with Saturday show

The UM Gospel Choir performs its annual fall concert Saturday (Nov. 10) in Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir will host its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 10) in Nutt Auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the concert will feature a number of special guests, including the Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir and the Rev. LaDarrell James.

This year’s concert is particularly notable, as it marks the 45th anniversary of the Gospel Choir on campus, said Jarrius Adams, the choir’s president.

“I am overjoyed to celebrate (the choir’s) 45th year at the University of Mississippi,” Adams said. “I think it symbolizes longevity and the foundation that our founder, Linda Taylor, laid back in 1974.

“I am proud to say that 45 years later, our goal is the same and our mission has never changed.”

Though the public can expect enthusiastic and dynamic performances throughout the entire show, Adams pointed to one moment that he thinks will be particularly poignant.

“The highlight of our concert will be our Aretha Franklin tribute, featuring a guest performance from former UMGC director Zsa’Xhani Davis,” Adams said. “We will be performing a medley of songs in honor of Franklin, one of the most iconic voices in music history. We will pay tribute to her legacy and celebrate her contributions to gospel and soul music.”

For more information about the UM Gospel Choir, visit http://dos.orgsync.com/org/umgc/home or UM Gospel Choir on Facebook or email umgospelchoir@gmail.com.