Clayton State hosts holiday concert series

MORROW — Clayton State University is celebrating this holiday season with a series of special daytime concerts, concluding on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

On Friday, the Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents, “The Gingerbread Boy.” Performances will be held in Spivey Hall on the Clayton State campus in Morrow at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Specially designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grades, “The Gingerbread Boy” is a fun-filled tale that teaches morals of respect, friendship and listening well.

The Clayton State University Orchestra will also join the Southern Crescent Symphony and the Rick Massengale Jazz Trio for a Christmas concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, 175 East Lanier Ave. in Fayetteville.

This will be a benefit concert for the Fayette Care Clinic and the Good Shepherd Clinic, both of which provide free health care for those in our communities who have no other source for medical services.

Dr. Richard Bell, assistant professor of Music at Clayton State, is also the conductor of the Southern Crescent Symphony. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. 

The Atlanta Concert Ringers will present a special handbell concert on Friday, Dec. 7. The Atlanta Concert Ringers, Inc., are a group of experienced handbell ringers from throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. During this concert, students will learn that teamwork is a vital part of life.

More than any other instrument, a handbell choir illustrates the magic and fun of working together. The Atlanta Concert Ringers will demonstrate teamwork through a variety of musical styles and holiday music.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Spivey Hall’s own Albert Schweitzer Memorial pipe organ, and organist Stephen Wooddell, will take center stage for a holiday pipe organ concert.

The magnificent Albert Schweitzer Memorial pipe organ is the crowning centerpiece of Spivey Hall. Built by the Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy, the 4,413-pipe organ is just as beautiful to hear as it is to see.

Wooddell will demonstrate the amazing range of the instrument with a variety of traditional and contemporary seasonal music sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Tickets are $2 a person and reservations can be made at 678-466-4481.