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Gospel choir to kick off the holiday season

The show is expected to completely fill Giltz Auditorium, like it has done in years past.

"There have been times when we have sold out [tickets] and it has been standing room only," added Criss.

Tickets may be purchased in advance in Plattsburgh at Great Adirondack Soup Company, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Wooden Ski and Wheel and SUNY Plattsburgh's Angell College Center information desk. Tickets are also available at Advanced Music in Burlington, Vt.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

"You'll hear some of the best voices you'll hear anywhere in the North Country coming together doing something they love to do and have so much fun doing it," said Criss.

For more information about the concert or the gospel choir, e-mail gospelchoir@plattsburgh.edu.

Anayely Garcia is a student intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.'Soulful Christmas' this Sunday at the Giltz

By Anayely Garcia

ana@denpubs.com

PLATTSBURGH - Five years later, one choir is still bringing "A Soulful Christmas" to people of the North Country.

The State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Gospel Choir will perform this Sunday, Dec. 5, starting at 4 p.m. in Hawkins Hall's Giltz Auditorium. The show is expected to last two hours.

"We always encourage everyone to get here early, so we can start at 4 p.m. and at the latest folks are leaving around 6 p.m.," said the gospel choir's director and SUNY Plattsburgh professor, Dr. Dexter Criss.

The gospel choir was founded 20 years ago and it is comprised of mostly students, outside community members, faculty and staff, explained Criss. The musicians, however, are mainly from Vermont.

"We decided that it would be fun to do a Christmas concert, and do Christmas carols and Christmas gospel songs, and that's how we came up with the name 'A Soulful Christmas,'" said Criss.

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