Faith & Spirituality

November 30, 2012

'Too Hot to Handel' sizzles



The second half of Sunday’s program features the choir’s traditional soulful holiday and gospel fare, as well as the kinetic offerings of the Praise Dance Team and Step Team. WIRY Home Town Radio’s Charlie Stone will emcee the event.

“We’re doing traditional Christmas carols and down-home Southern song selections,” Ogle said. “We’re doing a mixture.”

The choir will perform a “Joy to the World” sing-along, “Higher Medley” from the film “Joyful Noise” and “Have You Heard About the Baby,” recorded by the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Down-home selections include Patti Labelle’s rendition of “Ready for a Miracle” and Donna Lawrence’s gospelized a capella of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

“That is going to be nice,” Ogle said. “Joining us on that is a UVM student, Alan McCarthy, singing bass. He’s super excited.”


Sunday’s program gets an additional dose of Handel with Quincy Jones’s gospel arrangement of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The Gospel Choir unites again with Champlain Valley Voices.

“It’s definitely more upbeat,” Ogle said. “It’s definitely not one you can stand poised and just sing it. You have to really bop and kind of groove with it, which makes it so fun. Quincy Jones is really creative with coming up with that arrangement.

“The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ is the meeting of the two genres, of the two styles. It’s at the end of the program, a closing selection with CVV.”


The Champlain Valley Voices and the SUNY Plattsburgh Choral Union will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St., Plattsburgh.

“It really gives a better appreciation of the different styles of the interpretation of religious text,” Ogle said.

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WHAT: Soulful Christmas 2012, presented by the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir. 

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday.

WHERE: E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. 

ADMISSION: Tickets in advance from Angell College Center desk: $5 students, $12 faculty, staff and public. Tickets at door: $8 students, $15 faculty, staff and public.


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