Cal Performances audiences were first introduced to Damien Sneed’s artistry in the 2019–20 season, when he presented the stirring tribute We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now, the musician, conductor, arranger, and producer visits with Joy to the World, a holiday concert that takes the listener through Sneed’s original arrangements of beloved gospel, jazz, and classical repertoire. Sneed is joined by a cast of 10 singers and musicians performing holiday classics such as “Silent Night,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Joy to the World,” excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, and more.

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Caption: Damien Sneed performs Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey on Friday, December 3, 2021
(credit: Courtesy of Damien Sneed)