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‘A Soulful Noel’ returns for seventh year of classic R&B music
OnQ Productions show opens Dec. 20
 
Published Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:23 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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ONQ Productions’“A Soulful Noel” returns for its seventh year at McGlohon Theater.

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OnQ Productions may be on hiatus, but the holiday season would not be complete without “A Soulful Noel.”


The seventh annual holiday experience returns to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square for three performances: Dec. 20 at 8 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. OnQ founder Quentin Talley created the show as his remedy to being an anti-Christmas show person. Now he looks forward to the holiday tradition and even recorded a studio album of “OnQ presents A Soulful Noel,” which can be downloaded on platforms like Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon.


“It’s funny, because it’s become my favorite time of the year,” Talley said. “Not that it wasn’t before, but it truly has become my favorite time of the year—to get everybody together, cast and crew. We just have a good time catching up, getting into the holiday spirit. OnQ is like a family. Seeing everybody this time of year, especially since we’ve been on hiatus, it’s going to be good to catch up with everybody.”


The show balances a festive feel without feeling bombarded by Christmas cheer. The original musical revue is all about the reason for the season with a splash of funk, R&B, gospel and soul with songs ranging from “Ave Maria” and “Little Drummer Boy” to “What Do the Lonely Do” by The Emotions. While elements of the show may change, Talley promises it will always deliver great music. Musical director Tim Scott Jr. is leading the way once again.

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“Everybody loves ‘A Soulful Noel,’ audiences and the artists alike,” Talley said. “Folks were hitting me up, asking me when ‘A Soulful Noel’ was going to happen. It’s just one of those shows that has connected with the community. There are plenty of Christmas shows, but there are not a lot of Christmas shows that speak to the black experience in Charlotte. People really gravitate toward that. This is our seventh year. It really has become a tradition for folks in the community.”


During OnQ’s hiatus, Talley accepted the role of program director at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham in July. While his work in the Triangle has taken up much of his time, 2020 OnQ projects are also in the works.  


“We’re just trying reconfigure how it is going to operate as an organization,” Talley said. “Basically, how can we be more sustainable as an organization? With grants and funding being the way that they are, our old model was not sustainable. Just trying to find a way to sustain and thrive going forward. There has been a lot of reconfiguring.”


Single tickets are $25, and available via carolinatix.org or by calling 704-372-1000. Groups of 10-plus can purchase $20 tickets by emailing onqperformingartsinc@gmail.com or call/text 704-629-8485.

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