Thursday, November 20, 2014

CSO Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble Ring in the Holiday Season Gospel Christmas: Unspeakable Gift, Saturday, December 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, SC November 10, 2014 ─The acclaimed CSO Gospel Choir joins forces with the CSO Spiritual Ensemble for the holidays to present Gospel Christmas: Unspeakable Gift, Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30pm at Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston.

Providing the setting for story of Christ’s birth through music, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble opens the program with moving interpretations of sacred holiday music in the manner of the African-American Spiritual including Have You Heard About the Baby and Nowhere To Lay His Head. A Lowcountry household name, the CSO Gospel Choir brings real meaning to Charleston’s musical landscape performing down-home traditional spirituals and soulful gospel renditions including four new arrangements of Go Tell it On the Mountain, What Child is This? and A Christmas Wish.

The performance will again be conducted by internationally acclaimed conductor Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University, and features an orchestra of regional musicians for a rousing celebration of gospel favorites, moving spirituals and festive orchestral holiday arrangements.
“I am honored to return to Charleston and be part of this holiday tradition.  Music and the holidays bring the joy of giving and love into our lives and is a wonderful way for families to be together,”  said Dr. Dilworth.

“We are again honored to be hosted by Reverend Dave Patterson and the Ashley River Baptist Church congregation. Their world-class sanctuary provides the perfect setting for telling the Christmas story through moving orchestral, spiritual, and gospel music,” said Lee Pringle, President and Founder of the two musical groups.
The performance will also highlight several of the local groups’ talented vocalists.

Ticket and Information Gospel Christmas: 
Unspeakable Gift
Featuring the CSO Gospel Choir and CSO 
Spiritual Ensemble
Rollo Dilworth, conductor
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30pm
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah 
Highway, Charleston 
Tickets: $35; $30 seniors; $20 students with ID
Tickets available at or 
(866) 811-4111


Dr. Rollo A. Dilworth, Conductor
Rollo A. Dilworth is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University’s Boyer School of Music in Philadelphia and serves as conductor for the University Chorale. Dr. Dilworth served as Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at North Park University in Chicago and holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Northwestern University. 

Dr. Dilworth has written and/or arranged over 150 choral works currently in print. His choral compositions are a part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce Music Company.  He has also published pieces with the Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the Mary Alice Stollak Choral Series. Dr. Dilworth is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series and for Music Express! Teachers Magazine.

He authored two books of choral warm-ups for elementary and secondary choral ensembles entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use and Choir Builders for Growing Voices.

Dr. Dilworth has released a recording entitled Good News which features 12 of his choral compositions. Recent choral-orchestral works include Freedom’s Plow, commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony orchestra and IN UNISON® Chorus and Rain Sequence, commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.
Additional high resolution photographs and complete concert program available on request.

About the CSO Gospel Choir
Since 1999, the CSO Gospel Choir is one of Charleston’s most sought-after culturally diverse musical groups, performing gospel, spirituals and sacred music for local concert events as well as international and regional performances throughout the year.

About the CSO Spiritual Ensemble
Now in its seventh year, the 35-member CSO Spiritual Ensemble honors the ‘spiritual,’ the historical musical form born of the suffering and endurance of African slaves after arriving to the southern shores of this country in powerful performances celebrating the unique, indigenous harmonies that helped form African-American cultural traditions.

Promotional images available upon request

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