On Thursday, November 21, Taylor’s Voices of Praise gospel choir and Office of Intercultural Programs (OIP) will hold their charity concert, Can and Chorus, in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium at 7 pm. The event will be followed by a party with Bahamian food and games in the OIP office at 8 pm.
Organizers say the concert is named Can and Chorus because admission to the event costs one canned good or other non-perishable item, which will be donated to either Hurricane Dorian relief efforts or needy families in Grant County. Foods should not have an expiration date within three to five months of donation since it must have time to ship, and clothing is also encouraged as a donation item.
The concert portion of the night, structured like one of Taylor’s monthly sing, pray and reflect chapels, will have three primary themes: world disasters and global misfortunes, the student body at Taylor, and healing. Students from Voices of Praise will lead the audience in prayer, reflection and scripture readings, as well as worship through choral song, interpretive dance, rap and poetry.
Bahamian food, drinks and desserts such as baked macaroni, meatballs, pineapple cheesecake, and Switcha will be served after the concert. Games include Apple on a Stick, and Mama Can’t You See.
Taylor junior student and director of Voices of Praise Timiesha Knowles said she hopes the concert ushers in a desire in the student body to practice more daily reflection.
“My ultimate hope is that (Can and Chorus) is not a one-time thing,” said Knowles. “As an ensemble gospel choir as well as Taylor community outreach, we should not only be going on trips and taking a plane to a far place, but we should be dealing with things that actually affect the students and the community we are planted in, hands-on.”
“I hope Can and Chorus is not just a Bahamian, Dorian thing, I don’t want it to be just associated with that—while that was my inspiration, it’s not just for me, it’s for everyone,” Knowles said. “I want it to be an event that applies to everyone. Supplies for the needs, talks about the needs, reflects on the needs, (and) prays about the needs. And so it’s not only inclusive of just international students, but the whole community—as worshipers, as Christians—to come together to worship God and reflect on pain.”