Unity Concert: African American Spirituals

Saturday, February 22 • 7:30 pm

First United Methodist Church Charlotte

501 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202

With Special Guests:
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Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble

Charlotte Master Chorale
CMC Chamber Singers
Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble
Kenney Potter, conductor
Frank Williams, conductor

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General Admission: $30
Students: $10 at the door with valid ID

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Join us on a musical journey that begins in the plantation fields of the South and moves to the concert halls of America. Celebrate America's first art form with the Charlotte Master Chorale, CMC Chamber Singers, and our special guests, Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble.

The Unity Concert is designed to build bridges in our community through song. With this performance, we honor Charlotte's rich singing tradition by celebrating the heritage of the African American spiritual.

Works include:

Moses Hogan  Wade in the Water
L.L. Fleming  Give Me Jesus
Moses Hogan  My God Is So High
Hall Johnson  Ride on King Jesus
Moses Hogan  He’s Got the Whole World
Roland Carter  You Must Have That True Religion
Michael White  Goin’ Home On a Cloud
Nolan Williams, Jr.  Done Made My Vow to the Lord
Stacey V. Gibbs  Way Over in Beulah Lan’
Jester Hairston  Hold On
André Thomas  Keep Your Lamps
Alice Parker  I Got Shoes
John Wesley Work  Rockin' Jerusalem
William Dawson  Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
Moses Hogan  Battle of Jericho
W. H. Smith  Walk Together Children

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble

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The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble  originated as a group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools music instructors who organized in the fall of 1978 to discuss choral music being taught. Celebrating more than 30 years of choral performances, CCE presents a diverse repertoire including, but not limited to classical, sacred, contemporary, jazz, spirituals, and gospel music.

With its broad appeal and versatility, CCE is in constant demand at civic, professional, religious and social events throughout the Carolinas, and has performed for the openings of the former Afro-American Cultural Center, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

CCE and Opera Carolina presented a choral rendition of the opera Porgy and Bess  with Bobby McFerrin and later participated in the staged production of the opera in Charlotte and Winston Salem, NC. CCE also collaborated with Opera Carolina in the 2006 debut of the American opera, Margaret Garner, starring Denyce Graves. On September 11, 2011, CCE members participated in a musical tribute to those who lost their lives in in the 9/11 tragedy with the presentation of the work,  Memorial, by Rene Clausen.

Additional collaborations have included performances with Carolina Voices, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Concerts in 2010, 2011, and 2015 and engagements at the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012.

The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble is currently a participant through the Firebird Arts Alliance in Charlotte, NC, in ongoing musical collaborations, social interactions and facilitated discussions on race, culture, identity and singing, to foster new, ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships between choirs and singers. The project, entitledSingin’ Black and White, intends to combine community building with music making to better address racial barriers to enhance musical development for all participants.