Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Holiday Concert

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir,
A powerful, groovy night of praise and worship in
Oakland’s Paramount Theater

It’s been a while since I shot a concert.  I’ve been intrenched in the highly controlled world of portraiture for a long time.  Shooting live music is like a portrait shoot with a lot of hard work to get to the right spots, no communication with the subjects, and a three-year-old controlling the light packs.  But it is good fun, especially with a rockin gospel choir shaking the house like the OIGC.  For one night every year, Oakland’s premier theater, the Paramount, comes alive as the city’s biggest, loudest church, and it’s a beautiful thing.  The choir, with a surprising array of soloists and style keeps it funky, drawing its energy from the supremely confident and charismatic director, Terrance Kelly.

“People talk about Oakland like it’s just people shooting one another, but what about all this?!” he said, lifting his hands towards the gold-leafed art-deco vault, still vibrating from the last jam.  The choir is built on peace, harmony, and strength in unity and is doing great things for Oakland!

[More images and a gallery link after the jump..]

For more images – and to order prints & digital files – visit the event’s gallery (and recent portrait shoot) on my client page here:

http://mattbeardsleyphoto.zenfolio.com/oigc

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For the technically-minded, these were all shot with a Nikon D3 and 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, a deadly low-light combination.

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