The cover of the Dickson in Unison CD

Choirs unite for benefit session at Renaissance Center

Release Date: 11/8/2001. Expired: 11/18/2001

There have been hosts of joyful noises in the Multimedia Department’s recording studio at The Renaissance Center recently as several local church choirs joined up with the center for a special Christmas CD, Dickson in Unison, to help raise money for the Promise Land community center.

A concert featuring the songs of the season by the choirs on the CD is set for 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18 in The Renaissance Center’s Performance Hall. Profits from the concert and the CD sales will go toward the restoration of the community center.

The project is the brainchild of state Sen. Doug Jackson, executive director of The Renaissance Center, who said he hopes to make the CD and concert an annual event with a different beneficiary each year.

The Promise Land community was settled by freed slaves more than 130 years ago in Charlotte and was the first African-American settlement in Dickson County. The Tennessee Historical Society has recognized its significance.

“Although only a church and old school house are all that remain of the original settlement, the residents in the Promise Land community continue to keep its history and heritage alive, and The Renaissance Center is proud to be a part of that effort,” Jackson said.

Pastor Brad Russell, minister of Music for Dickson First Assembly of God Church, which participated in the endeavor, said he was pleased with the concept that brings the various denominations together for a common cause and promotes unity.

Further, he said, it shows how much potential The Renaissance Center has to offer the community and the churches.

“We did it because I felt like it was a great idea to promote the music ministries of the churches in Dickson County and I also liked the idea of it being an interdenominational project where the churches are represented together instead of separate,” Russell said. “I think it’s absolutely strategic how God has placed The Renaissance Center here even without people recognizing that God plays a part in it. I think there is a tremendous amount of potential for partnerships between The Renaissance Center and the churches. It just helps promote the arts in a very creative way and gives to Dickson County.”

Jackson said the project serves as still another opportunity to utilize the facility’s resources in a positive way that also contributes to the community while providing for local needs.

Songs on the CD include: Silent Night, St. James AME/Promise Land Singers; Jesus What A Wonderful Child, Worley Furnace Baptist Church Choir; A King is Born, First Baptist Church Choir; Angels We Have Heard On High, St. James AME Church Choir; O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Dickson First Assembly of God Church Choir; Whisper, Whisper, First United Methodist Church Choir; Bethlehem Processional, The Renaissance Center Community Choir; Scrooge, Scrooge, Scrooge, The Renaissance Center Children’s Choir; A Chipmunk Christmas, The Renaissance Center Practice Choir and two songs recorded in 1962 by the Friendly Neighbor Quartet.

Tickets for the concert are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600.

The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 minutes west of Nashville.