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Kimmel Center Presents

A Soulful Christmas

Honoring Dottie Peoples

Dec 11, 2018
7:30 PM

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Dr. J. Donald Dumpson - Artistic & Music Director


The annual A Soulful Christmas returns this winter with an inspiring, uplifting communal gathering of regional choristers, performing holiday spirituals and gospel favorites! Lights go out as thousands of people hold flashlights and sing "Silent Night"! There is no better way to feel the Christmas spirit.

Get excited to share the Christmas message of goodwill toward humankind!

With Artistic & Music Director: Dr. J. Donald Dumpson

Tune in to WDAS- FM 105.3 at 7 pm on December 24 and 2 pm on December 25 to enjoy a full broadcast of this year's A Soulful Christmas!


This year’s program will feature the following Choirs, Churches, and Organizations:
Deliverance Evangelistic Church Mass Choir
  Pastor Glen Spaulding
  Alex Ingram, Music Director

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Mass Choir 
  Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller
  Dr. Cassandra Jones, Music Director

Gospel Music Preservation Alliance
  Rev. Harry Lee Williams
  Karen M. Hines, Music Director

Mount Carmel Baptist Church Combined Choir
  Rev. Dr. Donald D. Moore
  Charles A. Johnson Jr., Music Director

Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church Choir
  Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram
  Rev. Richard Norris II, Music Director

Philadelphia Catholic Gospel Mass Choir
  Father Christopher M. Walsh
  Kennyatta Arrington, Music Director

Philadelphia Heritage Chorale
  J. Donald Dumpson, Music Director

Philadelphia Heritage Youth Chorale
  Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Music Director

Soulful Praise Dancers
  Tara Bligen, Movement Director

Universal African Drummers, Dancers, & Stilt Walkers
  Jamal Dickerson, Director


  • Patty Jackson, WDAS-FM 105.3
  • Dyana Williams, WRNB-FM 100.3
  • Fred Blain, WNAP-AM 1160

With Special Guests:

  • Marvin Mills, organist on Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ
  • Dottie Peoples, Honoree

Dottie Peoples has a gift for creating thought-provoking, life-affirming music that resonates deeply with audiences throughout the world. Peoples grew up in Ohio, but spent summers in Alabama with her grandmother who encouraged her young granddaughter’s dream of growing up to sing like Mahalia Jackson. “I did my first little ‘ole song around eight or nine years old,” Peoples recalls. “I remember singing and running out of the church. I got scared because everybody was shouting.”

Dottie continued singing and developed quite a reputation as a jazz vocalist. “I joined Salem Baptist Church and one of the ladies in the choir, told the minister of music, ‘This girl can sing!’ He asked if I’d like to try a song. The first solo I did was called ‘If You Move Yourself.’ I sang that song that Sunday morning and people were shouting. It changed my whole life because I stood there and realized that I was blessing people. Burdens were being lifted. I knew I didn’t want to sing jazz anymore. I just want to sing for the Lord. I got back to my roots and I’ve been singing gospel ever since.”

In addition to singing, Peoples is also an astute businesswoman. She served as general manager of Church Door Records and also launched her own radio show. After 14 years with Church Door, Peoples signed with AIR Records and took her career to another level, earning her first Stellar Award nomination.  Her 1994 release on AIR, “On Time God,” was a pivotal release that rocketed to No. 1 on the charts and earned her four Stellar Awards and a nomination for Soul Train’s Lady of Soul Award.  Peoples has continued to garner more than 50 industry accolades, including the 2010 Stellar for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. This year, the concert will include as our special guest, Grammy ® Award- nominated, Dove, Stellar, GMWA, NAACP Image Award-Winning Singer DOTTIE PEOPLES.

Marian Anderson Hall

Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

View Seating Chart
Run Time: 3 Hours
Intermission: 20 Minutes


Listen to Dottie Peoples here for a taste of what you’ll hear on Dec 11


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