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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

A Soulful Christmas event performers and musicians on stage in Verizon Hall. A Soulful Christmas event performers and musicians on stage in Verizon Hall. A Soulful Christmas event performers and musicians on stage in Verizon Hall.

Kimmel Campus Presents

A Soulful Christmas

10th Anniversary

Dec 12, 2023
7:30 PM

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The 10th annual A Soulful Christmas, led by Creator and Director, Dr. J. Donald Dumpson, returns this winter with an inspiring and uplifting union of regional choristers, performing holiday spirituals and gospel favorites. The program culminates in a spectacular closing to the evening with a visually mesmerizing “Finale of Lights!” There is no better way to feel the love, joy, and excitement of Christmas!

We would also like to celebrate Dr. J. Donald Dumpson, Creator and Director, for 50 years in music ministry.

Learn more about the history of A Soulful Christmas.



Creator and Director
Dr. J. Donald Dumpson

Patty Jackson, WDAS 105.3 FM
Craig Hayes, WIMG 1300 Trenton, NJ
        Program Director, Morning Show Host of the Five Time Stellar Award Winning Show “The Lab”

Honoree, Carol Antrom

Carol Antrom

Our honoree is a Christian, Servant of The Lord Jesus Christ, Gospel Songwriter, Church Musician, Choir Director, Singer, and Elementary School Teacher.

These are some of the many facets, the many aspects, the many dimensions of Carol Diane Antrom.

Read the full bio here.

A Soulful Christmas Participants

Church Choirs
Arch Street Presbyterian Church
Rev. Carla Jones Brown, homilist

Deliverance Evangelistic Church
Rev. Glen Spaulding, homilist
James Short, music director

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller, pastor
Dr. Cassandra Jones, conductor

Mount Carmel Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Donald D. Moore, homilist
Michael Gittens, music director

Denominational Mass Choirs

African Methodist Episcopal Church Mass Choir
Rev. Dr. Vernon D. Byrd, homilist
Rev. Richard Norris II, music director

PA Commonwealth C.O.G.I.C. Mass Choir
Bishop Guy L. Glimp, homilist
Rev. Darren Miller, conductor

Philadelphia Catholic Gospel Mass Choir
Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, homilist
Tonya Dorsey, conductor

Community Choirs

Gospel Music Preservation Alliance

Philadelphia Heritage Chorale

A Soulful Christmas Youth Mass Choir
Pastor Edward ‘Busta’ Fields, coordinator
Bethany White Smith, conductor

Citywide Praise Dancers
Tara Bligen, director

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Austin Woodlin, music director
Evelyn Simpson Curenton, organist
Brian LeNair Williams, saxophone
Eric Taylor, violin

Performance Sponsor



Celebrate the holidays all season long! Join us for A Very Philly Christmas, a series of new concerts featuring music by the gospel choir from African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Broadway performers, and a song by Philadelphia Eagles player Jason Kelce!

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Marian Anderson Hall

Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102



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