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Evening of African American Music

February 6, 2011

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In honor of Black History Month, the Gospel Choir and Jazztet will celebrate the rich musical traditions created by Africans in America when they present their annual Evening of African American Music on Sunday, February 6th at 5 PM at the Mandell Theater (33rd & Chestnut Sts).

The Gospel Choir, under the direction of Rev. Gregory Ross, will feature selections from the late Timothy Wright, who was known as the godfather of gospel music. The choir will perform hits that include “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” “Come Thou Almighty King,” and “Great is He.” The Saxtet, under the direction of Dr. George Starks, will perform three pieces including “Blue Monk” and “Round Midnight” by Theolonius Monk. Karyn Peeples, vocalist with the Jazz Orchestra, will also perform an acapella version of “Of Freedom,” which was a favorite of Black soldiers who fought in the Civil War. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jim Yandoli, Publicity Graduate Assistant, at 215-895-1275.