Voices of the South celebrated the holiday season with not one, but two, concerts on back-to-back nights in December.
On December 17 Voices sang their hearts out at the “Voices of the South Presents Christmas at the Lyric” show in downtown Birmingham.
The nearly full house had the Lyric Theatre rocking like it used to when vaudeville was the featured form of entertainment.
The newly restored Lyric is such a beautiful venue. The crowd appeared to enjoy the show and we certainly were thrilled to perform there.
The Lyric, which was built in 1914, hosted such performers as Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers and Mae West. It was converted into a movie theater in 1954 and was closed in the mid-1980s. It remained shuttered until its purchase by Birmingham Landmarks, the non-profit group that also restored the Alabama Theatre. Birmingham Landmarks raised $11.2 million to renovate the theatre. The Lyric opened in 2016.
On December 16, the night before the Lyric show, Voices members traveled to Oxford, Ala., where they presented a concert at the Oxford Performing Arts Center.
This was the third year for Voices to present a show in Oxford’s wonderful facility. As a Christmas present to its citizens, the City of Oxford presents the concert “admission free.” A large, enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the performance. The 1,130-seat theater sits in the middle of Oxford’s historic downtown. It held its first performance in May 2013. It cost nearly $10.4 million to reconstruct.
“We hope you got to see one of the shows,” Voices President Ed Wharton said. “We appreciate your support.”