Unity Concert: African American Spirituals

Saturday, February 22 • 7:30 pm

First United Methodist Church Charlotte

501 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202

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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
JoVan Adams, conductor

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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Parking Info

First United Methodist Church Charlotte
501 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

FREE EVENT PARKING is available in the church garage accessed from W. 9th St. between N. Tryon St. and N. Church St.

Pull a ticket and bring it inside for validation. Park on any level in any unreserved space. Take Sanctuary elevator to Level S for direct, barrier-free access to the sanctuary performance space.


Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble


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.

The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble is currently a participant through the Firebird Arts Alliance in Charlotte, NC.