FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/31/19
Contact: DeeDee Atwood
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
8545 E. Dry Creek Rd.
Centennial, CO 80112
African-American Spirituals can still heal – even today
Spiritual Voices to perform in Centennial February 22
(Centennial, CO) – There is no doubt that we are living in a time of great divide in our country. Part of our intolerance of other people’s viewpoints comes from a lack of understanding and caring about why people feel the way they feel. We are so wrapped up in our own little worlds, with our own narrow thoughts, that we often don’t take the time to reflect on what it is like to walk in another person’s shoes. You and your family have an opportunity to embrace and learn more about a precious, rich part of American History – African-American spiritual music. Join Ms. Bennie L. Williams, a renowned and nationally recognized director and teacher of music, for an uplifting evening of spirituals performed by her exciting and diverse choir ensemble, Spiritual Voices, on Friday, February 22 at 7 pm at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial.
African-American Spirituals were created by slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries. Arising out of dislocation, violence, and loss, the songs express the sorrow and pain of life without freedom, and yet also speak eloquently to the hope and endurance of humanity unbowed by oppression. The Bennie L Williams Spiritual Voices is a community choir committed to preserving, performing, and celebrating these profound songs that underlie characteristically American music, such as gospel, jazz, blues, R & B, and hip hop.
This concert is part of the Music with a Mission Concert Series which is an outreach project of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The series offers free concerts to the Centennial community and a “love offering” is collected with proceeds going to a different worthy cause for each concert. February’s mission partner will be Colorado Haiti project, which works with community leaders in Haiti to support programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and agriculture.
The Music with a Mission Concert Series is in its fourth season, and to date has raised over $34,000 for both local, national and international mission organizations.
Take a step in the direction of unity and healing by attending this evening of historical music for the benefit of others.
To find out more about Good Shepherd and the Music with a Mission Concert Series, check out their website at www.gshep.org/music-with-a-mission-concert-series.
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