(New Orleans) — Dillard University will celebrate its 72nd annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at Lawless Assembly Hall, located on campus at 2601 Gentilly Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30. Though the concert is free and open to the public, seating is limited to a capacity crowd of 800.
The Dillard University Choir, under the direction of S. Carver Davenport, will perform several holiday favorites featuring some of the university’s talented students. The choir will also accompany special musical guest, LEDISI, two-time Grammy nominee for ‘Best R&B Album’ and ‘Best New Artist.’
LEDISI (pronounced led-duh-see and adopted from the word that means ‘to bring forth’ in the Yoruba language of Nigeria), who was born in New Orleans and now lives in Oakland, is known for giving electrifying live performances. She will feature songs from her new Christmas CD titled, “It’s Christmas,” and her major label debut album, “Lost & Found.”
Prior to the holiday concert, LEDISI will conduct a lecture, also known as ‘a conversation’ that is free and open to the public. She will share her experiences as a singer and songwriter and sign copies of her new Christmas CD on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the Will W. Alexander Library, 2nd Floor in the Distance Learning Room.
LEDISI is sure to light up the stage with her blend of R&B, soul and gospel, while burners like This Christmas (Could Be The One) create an elegant and tender holiday moment also essential to the season.
Earlier in 2008, LEDISI was nominated for the ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy award, while her album also earned a ‘Best R&B’ album nomination. She has made numerous high-profile jazz festival appearances throughout the year, as well as performances with Prince at Coachella, Sergio Mendes on the Tonight Show, and a week with the Count Basie Orchestra at the legendary Blue Note in NYC.
Bamboula 2000, a dance and music ensemble which draws on multicultural roots reaching deep into the soil of Congo Square, will also take center stage that evening. Members will render a drumming cadence fit for the season.
For more information on the annual holiday concert, special musical guest LEDISI, and Bamboula 2000, contact Dillard’s Office of Communications and Marketing at 504-816-4800.