Positively Philadelphia: Gospel for the holidays at the Kimmel Center

St. Thomas Gospel Choir
Photo credit Courtesy of Kimmel Center
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is so much going on during the holiday season, it is hard to fit everything in. That hasn't stopped the Kimmel Center from adding more.

"Gospel on the Plaza this holiday season is a new venture for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts," said Leslie Patterson Tyler, director of media relations and communications for the Kimmel Center. "We are going to have five gospel concerts at the Kimmel Center. They will feature local churches and their choirs."

Walt Blocker, choir director for the St. Thomas Gospel Choir, said the choir is very excited for the show.

"While they have sang at the Kimmel Center in the past," Blocker said, "they have never sung on the plaza, so this is the first time. It's great, people can just come in off the street and stay for a free concert."

Pastor Carlos McConico of Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church shared his feelings as well. "Every holiday season, we are so excited," he said, "and I want my church to be more involved in the community."

Another can't-miss event at the Kimmel Center is an annual tradition called Tuba Christmas. 

"More than 100 tuba players come and play Christmas carols," explained Tyler. "They have two performances. The place is packed on all the tiers. People are literally hanging from the rafters. There is nothing like it." 

The Kimmel Center is at Broad and Spruce streets in Center City.