On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University presented the JSU Gospel Choir Winter Concert in Leone Cole Auditorium.
The choir had special guest Dr. Jeremy Benson in attendance.
To say that Dr. Benson is a talented flute player would be an understatement. He has performed at exclusive venues in the United States, such as Carnegie Hall, and has released two solo albums.
His album “Pure Hymnagination” was recently released, and was showcased at the concert.
Dr. Benson began teaching at JSU in the fall of 2011, and the Gospel Choir Concert was the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents and abilities to the Jacksonville community.
The Gospel Choir had a superb performance at their concert.
The audience was actively listening to the entire performance of the Gospel Choir. Some even sang along to the songs that they knew, and even more joined in when encouraged by the choir’s director, Dr. Myrtice Collins.
The choir performed a great variety of gospel music. Their song choices ranged from hymns to spirituals to contemporary songs, and even original arrangements.
The soloists of the concert portion also performed very well, and the overall performance of the choir was well-accepted by those in attendance.
There were also other groups of performers at the concert.
There were several quartet groups that performed that evening as well, some even including past members of the Gospel Choir.
Dr. Collins informed those in attendance that it was these types of songs that paved the way for the song arrangements of the songs that the Gospel Choir performs.
There was also a group from the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville that is a praise dance ministry. The ministry uses the talents of young people to help make a difference in their lives and those that they encounter during performances.
This variety in the performances created an atmosphere that kept the audience on their toes, and kept them from settling in their seats.
Overall, the event was very successful and truly showcased the abilities of those in the Jacksonville community and those involved with the JSU Gospel Choir.
Leone Cole Auditorium was filled with a large audience, with some in attendance even being alumni of Jacksonville State University and the JSU Gospel Choir. They were very supportive of the event, and even had the opportunity to participate in a portion of the concert.
There were CDs sold at the event of Dr. Jeremy Benson’s music and of the Gospel Choir’s previous performances and recordings.
A good time was certainly had by all of those in attendance.