Voice of Hope gets in seasonal spirit

Students donned their holiday best to belt it out during the Voices of Hope Winter Concert. (Tom O’Dell / Photo Editor)

By Thomas Ciccone
Correspondent

Voice of Hope, a Christian a capella group, held its Winter Concert at the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 3.

In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Voice of Hope Winter Concert displayed an entertaining array of songs and skits that displayed the group’s creativity and originality while celebrating the values of Christianity.

The group kicked off its first set with a Newsboys cover, “I’m Not Ashamed,” capitalizing on their strong harmonies during the catchy refrains, with beatboxing used as percussion in the background.

They also read scripture between songs to display the religious theme of the music.

After the second song, “Prayer of the Children,” a Kurt Bestor composition, Voice of Hope once again expanded on the creative nature of its concert with a “Stethoscope Skit,” in which the group followed one of its members who held a stethoscope.

Every time he placed it near something like a girl’s boots, they would break out into a song. In that instance, “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” a hit song from 1966 by Nancy Sinatra, was sung.

When they lifted it to a lollipop, they sang the classic doo-wop standard, “Lollipop,” and when he placed it against his heart, they sung a Hallelujah hymn, reflecting both the comedic and spiritual message of the group’s concert.