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School Choir. For the second consecutive year, the concert will be under the musical direction of, and conducted by, Robin Smith of the Royal Philhar- monic Orchestra and the London Symphony Or- chestra. Smith conducted the critically-acclaimed live orchestra tour of Elvis Live in Concert performances throughout the United Kingdom, continental Europe and the United States in 2016 and 2017. An Elvis Gospel Christmas Live at Graceland Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Graceland Soundstage An inspirational and uplifting concert featuring Elvis’ favorite gospel and Christmas classics per- formed by gospel greats the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and former members of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, led by James Blackwood, sang at Gladys Presley’s funeral at the special request of Elvis and Vernon Presley. James’ younger son Billy Blackwood now continues the Blackwood Quartet legacy. J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet were Elvis’ male back-up singers from 1971 to 1977. Former members who will be performing include Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill, Larry Strickland and Bill Baize. Elvis Live in Concert with All-Star Band featuring TCB Guitarist James Burton Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:30 p.m. at the Graceland Soundstage An unforgettable concert experience featuring Elvis live in concert and on the big screen performing the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest hits, backed by an all-star band featuring legendary TCB Band guitarist James Burton. Burton began working with Elvis in 1969 and was the leader of the TCB Band. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001, Burton has also been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Thomasville Scene December 2018 - January 2019 59