Local music artists featured in a variety of family- and budget-friendly concerts

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without music, and this season, Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall decks its elegant halls with both the sights and sounds of winter celebrations. Against a beautiful backdrop of brightly decorated trees and wreaths, this year’s seasonal music experience features a diverse range of family- and budget-friendly fare that includes holiday favorites, new and old, classical and pop, in a variety of musical styles, including classical, traditional, gospel and jazz.

“Music has a unique ability to get people into the holiday spirit,” said Sam Dixon, Spivey Hall’s executive and artistic director. “Our most cherished holiday tradition is the annual December concerts by the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program, offering a wealth of music that brings joy to listeners young and old.”

Clayton State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts / Division of Music presents its annual Christmas at Clayton State (December 1 and 3), with performances from the CSU Orchestra, the Masterworks Chorus at Spivey Hall and the CSU Chorale.

CSU’s VPA also presents several free concerts to celebrate the holidays, including one from The Southern Crescent Youth Orchestra (December 5). On December 7, talented students from the CSU Preparatory School perform that afternoon in its December Recital, followed by The Clayton County Honor Orchestra.

The CSU VPA Division of Theatre presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol, in two performances (both on December 6) – an abridged version that morning geared for children as part of Spivey Education’s Young People Concerts, and another, complete version, as an evening performance for all ages. And in three holiday concerts, the angelic harmonies of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program (December 8, 9 and 10), include carol sing-alongs with Spivey Organist-in-Residence Alan Morrison and lots of Christmas cookies!

For tickets or more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200, or visit spiveyhall.org. In addition to the standard ticket pricing indicated for each performance, there is a 50% discount available to students and a 20% discount to Georgia educators with ID. Discounted single tickets are available only through the box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.; series subscriptions are now available online for purchase.

Christmas at Clayton State

Clayton State University Orchestra

Dr. Richard Bell, conductor

Clayton State University Chorale

Masterworks Chorus at Spivey Hall

Dr. Michael Fuchs, conductor

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Vocal and instrumental forces combine to create a fresh new holiday tradition: Christmas at Clayton State, in two performances featuring Clayton State student and community choruses under the direction of Dr. Michael Fuchs, and the CSU Orchestra led by Dr. Richard Bell. Caroling by a select ensemble of Clayton State singers will regale arriving audience members beginning at 7:00 p.m.  It will be a wonderful experience and excellent value for the whole family, including children ages 6 and up.

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase now.

Southern Crescent Youth Orchestra

Kathy Saucier, conductor

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Southern Crescent Youth Orchestra, sponsored by the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, is composed of outstanding high school string musicians from Clayton, Henry and Fayette Counties, and surrounding areas.

Admission to this Division of Music performance is free, with no tickets required.

A Christmas Carol

CSU Theatre Division

Shontelle Thrash, director

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

What happens when a traveling troupe arrives to put on A Christmas Carol only to discover they don’t have a Tiny Tim or Scrooge?  See what ensues when this troupe, with a little help from the stage manager and prop boy, transforms the stage into the magical world of make-believe. This adaptation by the CSU Theatre Division breathes new life into a wonderful classic full of singing, dancing, clowning, juggling and handbells. Fun for the whole family, A Christmas Carol is sure to warm your heart and demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas.

The 10:00 a.m. performance is part of Spivey Hall Education’s Young People’s Concerts, and is 90 minutes in length. While the concerts are intended for children and youth in pre-K to grade 12, Spivey Hall welcomes community members of all ages to the performances. Concerts cost just $2 in advance, $4 online and $5 at the door the day of the concert, and are available for purchase now.

The 7:30 p.m. performance is a full version intended for families (recommended for children 12 and older). Tickets are priced at $10, with $5 student tickets and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with Laker Card.

CSU Preparatory School Recital

Dr. Carol Payne, director

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

A community engagement arm of the Clayton State University Division of Music, the Music Preparatory School provides professional music instruction to area children and adults in preparation for professional advancement or for lifelong musical enjoyment.

Admission to this Division of Music performance is free, with no tickets required.

Clayton County Honor Orchestra

Dr. Richard Bell and Dr. Annalisa Chang, conductors

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

This orchestra, supported by Clayton State University and directed by Dr. Richard Bell, is for outstanding Clayton County string musician students. Entrance to the ensemble requires an audition in late August consisting of scales, a solo and sight-reading.

Admission to this Division of Music performance is free, with no tickets required.

Spivey Hall Young Artists

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir

Spivey Hall Tour Choir

Craig Hurley and Dr. Martha Shaw, conductors

Marcena Kinney and Judy Mason, accompanists

Alan Morrison, organ

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


Spivey Hall Children’s Choir

Spivey Hall Tour Choir

Dr. Martha Shaw, conductor

Judy Mason, accompanist

Alan Morrison, organ

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program, led by founding director Dr. Martha Shaw, welcomes the holiday season with a delightful mix of new compositions and familiar favorites, singing American and British selections by John Rutter, David Brunner, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, and David Willcocks.  The holiday concerts will showcase the talents of the 170-member Children’s Choir Program singers who perform in three choirs, including the Spivey Hall Young Artists conducted by Craig Hurley, and the 50 most advanced Children’s Choir singers, the Spivey Hall Tour Choir, conducted by Dr. Shaw. All perform a variety of music with remarkable beauty of expression, spirit and refinement.

The Spivey Hall Young Artists have been invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educator’s Conference in January, and will debut its conference literature during the December 8 concert.  Selections include pieces by Spanish Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti, contemporary British composer and organist Eric Thiman and iconic American composer Irving Berlin.

Each of the three concerts will also include audience sing-alongs of traditional holiday carols accompanied by famed Spivey Hall organist-in-residence Alan Morrison, on the magnificent Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ created for Spivey Hall by Fratelli Ruffatti in Padua, Italy. Best of all, there is a post-concert reception with an abundance of cookies for everyone!

Tickets are priced at $25 (with discounts for subscribers and groups), and are available for purchase now.

The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program’s December performances are made possible in part through the generosity of its Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors Rob and Judy Mason. Alan Morrison holds the McGehee Family Organist Residency at Spivey Hall.

About Spivey Hall

Now celebrating its 27th season, Spivey Hall is the South’s most acoustically superior recital hall, presenting the best in classical, jazz and world music. Located on the picturesque campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, just fifteen miles southeast of Atlanta, the hall has been praised by artists, patrons and journalists alike.

An intimate venue with just 392 seats, Spivey Hall promotes for the concert-goer a personal connection with the artist both during and after the performance.  Spivey’s extraordinary acoustics and reputation for distinguished programming attract outstanding international musicians who regularly perform at the nation’s major concert venues such as Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit spiveyhall.org.

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of The Walter and Emilie Spivey Foundation and the Spivey Hall Friends.

Alan Morrison holds the McGehee Family Organist Residency at Spivey Hall.

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About Clayton State University

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. For more information, visit clayton.edu.