VocalEssence: Deep Roots

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    4:30 pm
  • Orchestra Hall
    1111 Nicollet Mall
VocalEssence: Deep Roots

The acclaimed Minnesota choral ensemble VocalEssence celebrates Black History Month and 30 years of its WITNESS programs with a concert honoring its deep musical roots

The performance will guide its audience the journey through spirituals, jazz, gospel, and soul will be homegrown artists—singers, actors, dancers—including two-time Billboard Gospel chart-topper Jovonta Patton and a special 30th Anniversary Community Choir. The concert will include a world premiere arrangement of the spiritual “Witness” by Joel Thompson.

The program’s finale will be the premiere performance of a choral composition, “We Stand,” by School of Urban Education Interim Dean Timothy Berry, who was inspired by his research on concert artist and performer Paul Robeson.

"(We Stand) speaks to the idea of standing on the shoulders of giants; recognizing that our call to action for justice was preceded by those who came before us to continue building a better community," says Berry, who also contributes to the concert as a percussionist.



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