A Mississippi Delta Holiday Celebrates Region’s Talent
This past weekend, theater-goers from across the Delta traveled to the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland to celebrate the season with “A Mississippi Delta Holiday.” Produced by the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University, the third annual program highlighted groups from across the Delta region.
The holiday concert featured singer/songwriter Liz Davis from season 3 of NBC’s hit show The Voice, who has family ties to the Delta. Davis entertained the crowd with several holiday classics, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Another audience favorite was the Buford Family, composed of classically trained vocalist Gwin Buford and her 4 daughters. The Bufords brought Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas” and the classic carol “O Holy Night” to life, along with other seasonal favorites.
Also performing were the Double Quick Angel Choir, a group composed of Double Quick, Church’s Chicken, and Krystal employees, whose soulful version of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” stirred deep emotion in the crowd. The Generations of Indianola presented their signature doo-wop sound, especially heard in their rendition of the Beach Boy’s hit song “Little Saint Nick.” A youth choir from the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, the B.B. King All Stars Choir, performed a mix of contemporary and traditional music. The DMI Cups Ensemble opened the concert, and DSU President Bill LaForge sang and played guitar in homage to two kinds of Christmas—Elvis’s hit “Blue Christmas” and the customary “White Christmas.”
“We have received so many compliments on this program,” said Laura Howell, executive director at the Bologna Center. “People who have lived in the Delta their whole lives didn’t know that some of these groups even existed! They were blown away by the quality of our local talent” stated Howell.
Following the performance, all patrons enjoyed a reception of hot chocolate, coffee and a variety of cookies while mingling in the lobby with the concert’s artists and Santa Claus himself.
The next program at the Bologna Center will be the American Spiritual Ensemble on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30pm. Featuring professionally trained singers, the American Spiritual Ensemble will provide dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com or call (662) 846-4626.