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NMSU Gospel Choir to rock Phillips Chapel with holiday cheer

WHAT: The New Mexico State University Gospel Choir will perform a fundraising Christmas concert at 100-year-old Phillips

NMSU Gospel Choir in full costume
NMSU's Gospel Choir will perform at Phillips Chapel, Las Cruces' oldest African American church, with a variety of traditional Christmas music and contemporary gospel music. (Submitted Photo)

WHO: About 20 members of the New Mexico State University Gospel Choir

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14, from 7 - 9 p.m.

WHERE: Phillips Chapel at 638 N. Tornillo Street, Las Cruces

VISUALS: NMSU's Gospel Choir will fill the historic Phillips Chapel with a powerful
mix of gospel and traditional Christmas music.

The concert is part of an effort to help complete the restoration of Phillips Chapel built in 1911, the oldest African American church in Las Cruces, listed on the State and National Registers of historic places. The concert is free and open to the public however, donations to help the chapel will be accepted.

"Last year we rocked the house," said Bobbie Green, NMSU Gospel Choir conductor. "This year, the audience should expect to move and be moved by the performance."

The Gospel Choir's program will include contemporary gospel renditions from popular composers such as Donald Lawrence, Richard Smallwood and Kirk Franklin as well as traditional Christmas music.

For more information about the concert, contact Bobbie Green at 575-635-7538.