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Valerian Smith Christmas Performance (1981)




Genre: Performance

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-12-24

Duration: 00:14:10

Subjects: Smith, Valerian E., 1926-1992 | Music | Christmas | Holidays


  • Ashley, Robert Host
  • Smith, Valerian Performer
  • Ryder, Bill Performer
  • Ryder, Shawna Performer
  • Ryder, Samara Performer
  • Bernard, Joyce Performer
  • Martin, Athea Performer
  • Smith, Kim Performer
  • Dawson, Thomas Performer
  • Taylor, Earl Performer


This segment from the December 24, 1981, episode of the series “Folks” features pianist Valerian Smith and members of the Baton Rouge Community Chorus performing four of Smith’s original compositions in honor of Christmas: “A Gift of Love”; “I Never Heard Those Christmas Bells”; “I Am a Child”; and “Can You Imagine.” Host: Robert Ashley