From left: Haleigh Blanchard, Ricky Dubuisson II, Remington Manning, Jade Dixson, Ethan Schultz, Krawford Boyd, Betty Holder, Meleke Booth, Tishira Moore, Kentavis Brown, Cameron Gaito, Caleb Whatley, Kelton Shirley, Sable Mayberry, Montavious Holliday, Lyta Lyon, Lynn Jefferson, Katelyn Babischkin, Mary Olier, Jaden Hatcher, Shamea McCray, Jayla Fox, Kathryn Bolton, Alexandria Chamberlain, Cooper Doty, Alex Pigford, Brianna Ladner, Joe Smith, Aron Smith, Jonathan Nelson, Shaynell Jackson, Holton Johnson, Michael Miller, Jerreon Johnson, Patrick Gilbert.  Center, left to right:  Kenny Myrick, Brandon Ring

Singing Songs for Unity

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Concert Choir will hold the annual Fall Concert on Thursday, November 2, at First Baptist Church of Wiggins. The program begins at 7 p.m.

“This fall semester’s theme is #commUNITY,” said Brandon Ring, director of Choral Activities.

Most of our songs reflect a social movement for change and encourage the audience to strive toward the betterment of self and the human condition.

“One piece in particular, ‘Famine Song,’ tells the story of the famine and plight endured by the Sudanese people in the 1980s. The women of the country found solace in song and basket weaving – it’s a powerful story! Mississippi Sound is singing a John Legend piece, ‘Glory,’ from the movie ‘Selma.’ It incorporates musical elements of the gospel genre and infuses rap and R&B into the song. We hope to move audiences and inspire them through song. We encourage everyone to come out for a great evening of music!”

The Students’ Favorite Songs

Ring said all of the student performers have found a favorite song in the production. Some of their comments include the following:

  • “My favorite piece is ‘Grace Before Sleep’ because it shows off beautiful chords and the beauty of the soprano section. The music is inspiring and we tell a story through song.”  – Haleigh Blanchard of Irvington, Alabama
  • “I think the audience will most enjoy the ‘O Lord, You’re Beautiful.’” – Cameron Gaito from Woolmarket
  • “I like the ‘Our Father’ composition the best because I am a bass, and the bass section sounds the best in this song.” – Patrick Gilbert from Westminster, Massachusetts

Other upcoming performances include a Veterans Day concert at St. Mary Catholic Church in Biloxi on November 10 at 6:30 p.m. and a special performance with Mississippi Sound and the Perkettes on November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Malone Hall Auditorium. All performances are free and open to the public.

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