December 3, 2001
Christmas music fills cathedral-like Atrium Mall at Methodist Rehabilitation Center as annual tradition draws Mississippi musicians, singers
By Jim Albritton
Health and Research News Service
JACKSON, Miss.—Singers and musicians from around the state will perform at Methodist Rehabilitation Center during the holiday season. The noon performances in the Jackson hospital’s two-story Atrium Mall are free and open to the public.
“The performances have become an annual tradition,” said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehab. “These groups donate their time and talent to perform for our patients, staff and visitors. The songs they sing and music they play mean so much to all of us.”
The Fondren Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir kicked off three weeks of live performances in the Atrium.
“This is a wonderful way for us to celebrate Christmas,” said Angie Willoughby, the choir’s conductor and professor of piano at Mississippi College. “This is a beautiful environment to play in and it has the acoustics of a cathedral.
Other groups set to perform at the hospital include:
- Madison Ridgeland Academy Patratones, a fourth and fifth grade choir, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 12:30 p.m.
- The Clef’s, a vocal jazz group from Hinds Community College in Raymond on Thursday, Dec. 6, at noon
- The Madison Central High School Madrigal Singers on Monday, Dec. 10, at 12:15 p.m.
- The Jackson Prep Choir will present a Victorian Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 13, at noon
- Lyricas, a chamber music duo, on Friday, Dec. 14 at noon
- The Covenant Presbyterian Handbell Choir on Monday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.
- The First Presbyterian Sixth Grade Choir on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 12 noon
- The Youth Symphony on Friday, Dec. 21, at noon
“We’ve got a couple of days that aren’t booked yet and are already reserving days from groups for next Christmas,” said Lauren Fairburn, special events coordinator at Methodist Rehab.
Angie Willoughby, assistant professor of piano at Mississippi College, and Sammy Safety, Methodist Rehab's injury prevention mascot, conduct the Fondren Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir.