The boys and girls choirs sang in hope for Christmas performing a number of gospel and Christmas songs including "This Little Light of Mine," "Ain't That Good News," "Behold the Star," "Noel, Noel," "We Are Christmas," "Bethlehem Boy," "Carol of the Bells," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." They also performed a classic Nat King Cole song, "Straigthen Up and Fly Right," and Irving Berlin's "Puttin On The Ritz."Attributing his blessings to God and to his work ethic, honoree Ron Jones, leader of the jazz group the Ron Jones Quartet encouraged his saxaphone students, five of whom gave reflections on Jones, to do their best work, be persistent, take chances and make the most of opportunities, and outwork other people. Jones has perfomed with jazz greats Diane Reeves, Wynton, Bradford, and Delfeayo Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Ed Thigpen and many other artists. The Ron Jones Quartet performed two jazz selections during the two hour concert, an annual fundraiser for the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy.
Other speakers included Barbara Sexton, Fund for the Arts with the occasion, Elder Stanley May, St. John Church of Christ with the invocation, John Sieg, Regional VP, Fifth Third Bank, with special acknowledgements. Joshua Bluitt performed a piano solo. Liturgical dancers, One Praise, Love Fellowship Church gave a dance performance. For more log onto wlpaa.net.