Faith and Family: Zion Chapel AME annual choir concert set for Dec. 14

Published 12:12 am Friday, December 7, 2018


NATCHEZ — Christmas music will fill the sanctuary of Zion Chapel AME at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 as the church presents its annual Christmas program.

This year’s offering is titled “An Evening of Christmas Medleys and Spiritual Songs,” said Tony Fields, Zion Chapel music director.

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“We’ve found different Christmas medleys and compiled them into a nice program with something for everyone,” Fields said. “We’re going to have about 20 singers and about eight musicians — percussionist, guitarist, organist, pianist, keyboardist. The program will be about an hour and 20 minutes with refreshments afterwards.”

Fields said the church has been presenting the annual Christmas music program for nearly three decades, and the event draws a variety of people to the church each year.

“Every year, the sanctuary is packed with different denominations and races,” Fields said. “It is great to be a part of and great to see, and it is part of the motive to do it every year.”

Fields said this year’s program is impressive due to the number of songs the choir was able to fit in with approximately 25 songs.

“We try to choose music that appeals to everyone, young, old, black, white, whatever the denomination, put something in for everybody,” Fields said. “There will be everything — classical choral singing, then get to some good hand-clapping and foot-stomping.”

Medleys will include traditional favorites such as “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel,” Fields said.

Gospel favorites will include “Glory to Glory,” “Thank You Lord,” “Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child.”

Fields said the event promises to be festive and fun and features the church’s regular choir.

“This gives people an example of what we do every Sunday,” Fields said. “We like to mix it up and not stay one dimensional.”

The free program begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Zion Chapel AME church sanctuary at 228 N. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Natchez.