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Christmas Soul • 2019
Piazza del Popolo
Dante Alighieri Theatre - Via Mariani, 2
Dates: from 28/12/2019 to 01/01/2020, except on 30/12/2019

The hope in a song, the rhythm that carries you away, and that Christmas spirit... The explosive power of gospel music livens up, once again, the New Year's Eve in Ravenna, thanks to Christmas Soul, the entirely free gospel festival.

From 28 December to 1 January, some of the best US groups of this music genre will bring their message of brotherhood on the stage of Piazza del Popolo and of the Dante Alighieri Theatre, for another event, like the one of last year, to enchant families and fans.
To welcome the upcoming New Year will be the Virginia Gospel Ensemble, the Spirit of New Orleans, and the booming and charming voice of Noreda Graves, along with the original production of the festival — the Spiagge Soul Holy Fellas.

Furthermore, the New Year's concert will be an opportunity to make a free offer for the project "All children go to school!" to allow families in difficulty to send their children to school with a school kit complete and adequate.

Christmas Soul is an initiative of the Tourism Department of the Municipality of Ravenna, under the artistic direction of Francesco Plazzi of Spiagge Soul, and with the collaboration of Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni.

All concerts are free


The New Year's Eve will be with...
The Spirit of New Orleans + Noreda Graves
Piazza del Popolo
Time: from 11pm

An original, great and spectacular group of some of the best gospel musicians of the Baptist churches in New Orleans and Louisiana, winners of the Grand Staff Award, an acknowledgment given only to the best gospel groups by the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

Soloists: Albert Mickel, Jan Randolph, Alfred Penns
Choir: Larry Shelbia, Chandra Grayson, Floyd Turner, Capriece Sanders, Pearlie Tyler, Angela Dunn
Guitar: Alfred Caston
Drums: Bruce Maffett
Keyboards: Keiko Komaki

Free concert


Noreda Graves
Dante Alighieri Theatre
Time: 11am

It's the soprano soloist of the Harlem Gospel Choir and of the Anthony Morgan Inspirational Choir of Harlem. With these choirs, she sang for thousands of people in many countries such as Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Austria. In 2019, under the name Noreda Street, she was one of the five soloists of the concert dedicated to the 150 years of the Italian Red Cross that took place in Turin with a choir of 250 elements.

Voice: Noreda Graves
Piano, Hammond: Pippo Guarnera
Guitar: Riccardo Cancellieri
Bass: Walter Monini
Drums: Glauco Di Sabatino



Free City Bus Routes
On Monday, 23 and Tuesday, 24 December, the City and Coast Bus Routes will be free. For further info call: 199.199.558

Free Parking

From 9 December until 4 January, starting from 4pm, free parking in the piazzas (except for Piazza Baracca, which will be free form 6.30pm) and in the streets of the city centre (where parking lots are painted in blue).



Spiagge Soul Holy Fellas
Piazza del Popolo
Time: 5.30pm

Some of the dearest musicians of Spiagge Soul will perform a repertoire prepared specifically for the occasion: the red thread will be Christmas and the music inspired to the Africa-American spirituality, such as Gospel and Spirituals, along with some interesting digressions, which, despite the different backgrounds, convey a similar message, and perfectly meld in the concert on stage.

Soloists: Sara Zaccarelli, Gloria Turrini, Bruno Orioli
Guitar, voice: Francesco “King Frisko” Plazzi
Keyboards: Michele “Mecco” Guidi
Bass, voice: Rita Girelli
Drums: Luca Rizzoli
Sax, voice: Marco “Benny” Pretolani
6-voice choir

Free concert


Virginia Gospel Ensemble
Piazza del Popolo
Time: 5.30pm

Producer, author, and teacher Earl Bynum is arriving in Italy with a group of six singers selected from The Mount Unity Choir of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, a very important church in Virginia. They will perform a variety of Gospel traditional and contemporary songs, with arrangements close to the Jazz sounds

Keyboards/voices: Earl Bynum, Cedric Rouson
Drums: Simon Richardson III
Voice: Aisha McCollum, Francine Merritt Bright, Jewel Cherry

Free concert

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Last modified date: 30/12/2019

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