In addition to choir leader Detorea Oliver, B Murphy lends his expertise in co-conducting.
From a press release: Murphy has a rich, musical past. He began singing gospel at a young age. In the 70s he toured as a member of The Platters, whose hits include "The Great Pretender," "Only You (and You Alone)," and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Touring with The Pretenders brought Murphy to Utah. In 1978 he moved to Utah and began his solo career. He has directed many choirs, and when he's not spending time co-conducting, he is commuting to his job in Washington, DC., Murphy works with the choir members in teaching them the energetic and upbeat gospel sound that delight audience members from year to year.
"The most rewarding aspect of this production is the bonds that have been formed amongst choir members and musicians. We have choir members from over seven counties that come together. Many of them have created lifelong friendships," Murphy says.
Murphy's enthusiasm about this production is apparent. "It's a performance; it's a ministry; it's a celebration!" says Murphy about this 10th Annual Community Celebration of Messiah. "Don't miss it! Many audience members tell me how they've made the Community Celebration of the Messiah part of their Christmas tradition, and I couldn't be happier."
"The 10th Annual Messiah: A Community Celebration" runs Dec. 9, 10 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Theatre.
The Grand Theatre is at 1575 S. State St. on Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus. Tickets are $8-24 and are available online at www.the-grand.org or by calling the box office at 801-957-3322.