11.21.2018

HUB Concert Preview: Holiday Soul with Vanessa Williams, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and the San Francisco Symphony

By Michael P Coleman

VanessaWilliams Photo Credit Gilles Toucas 350When Vanessa Williams takes the stage, it’s hard to know exactly what she’s going to do.  She’s a riveting comedic and dramatic actress, and a master on the dance floor.  She’s also a brilliant singer, having topped a number of Billboard charts including pop, R & B, jazz, classical, gospel, and holiday music during her 35 year career. 

Williams is joining forces with two other musical treasures, the San Francisco Symphony and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, for two evenings of Christmas favorites.  They’ll perform December 7 and 8 at Davies Hall in San Francisco.

During our recent EXCLUSIVE chat, Williams revealed that the two San Francisco performances will be as much of a thrill for her as they will be for those fans who will be lucky enough to be at Davies Hall. 

“Getting a chance to hear all of my arrangements with a full orchestra is a treat for the audience and for me, as well,” the 55 year old superstar said of the upcoming shows.  “There’s nothing like live musicians playing real music.  The show will be made up of beautifully sounding instruments in a beautiful music hall.”  

“We’ll do “Dreamin’,” “Save The Best For Last,” “The Sweetest Days,” and “Colors Of The Wind,” for sure, and then a few from the Christmas albums: “Star Bright,” which is one of my favorites, “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Rise Up Shepherd And Follow,” which is my gospel one.”

Click here to read MPC’s full feature, including more of his EXCLUSIVE conversation with the legendary Vanessa Williams!