The Francis Marion University Concert Choir will perform on Sunday, April 24, at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Florence.
The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
The program will focus on the “spiritual,” including “Hush, Somebody’s Callin’ My Name,” “I Hear A Voice A-Prayin,’” “Let The Heaven Light Shine On Me,” “If I Got My Ticket, Can I Ride?” “I Want Jesus,” “My God Is A Rock,” “Set Down Servant,” “Sometimes I Feel,” “I Know I Been Changed,” “I Been In The Storm So Long,” “My God Is So High,” “My Lord, What a Mornin’” and “Ain’t-a That Good News.”
Featured soloists will be Maria Fogle of Columbia, Danielle Richardson of Greenville, Courtney Dease of Scranton, Kevin Deaver of Florence, Alonda Heyward of Summerville, Jason Jones of Florence, Stacy Gandy of Chapin, Christian Weatherford of Pamplico, as well as Glen Gourley, FMU associate professor of theater, and Benjamin Woods, FMU professor of music.
The religious songs of African-Americans have commonly been accepted as characteristic music of the race. The name “spirituals,” given to them years ago, is still current and many songs still retain their former qualities. Besides providing relaxation and solace, such religious songs were a stimulus to courage and a tie to heaven. Such songs are all valuable as an expression of the character and life of a people. They breathe a childlike faith in a personal Father, and glow with the hope that the children of bondage will ultimately pass out of the wilderness of slavery into the land of freedom.
The 30-voice choir is under the direction of Sue Butler Orr, FMU assistant professor of music and choral director. The group is accompanied by Rebecca M. Culbertson.
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