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King University News :: King U and Tennessee High Choirs Host Choral Celebration of Black History Month at Paramount Center for the Arts Feb. 8

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 24, 2014 – The King University Choral Department and the choirs of Tennessee High School invite the public to attend a choral collaboration at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The program, “Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Program of African-American Spirituals,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was the anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

“We wanted to host a concert celebrating Black History Month in downtown Bristol; there is nothing better than the African-American spiritual to do just that,” said W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of Music and director of choral activities at King University. “We hope this event will encourage the community to come see what wonderful things the King Choral Department is doing.”

The program will cover the history of the African-American spiritual. “The choirs will perform the earliest known printed spiritual along with others through the years leading up to one spiritual written as recently as 2012. There will be a wide variety of music from slow to fast, some a cappella, and some with piano and percussion.”

Composers who will be covered during the program include Nobel Cain, William Dawson, Thomas A. Dorsey, Moses Hogan, and Jeffrey Ames who is an assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

The program will be directed by W. Patrick Flannagan and Tennessee High School’s Choir Director Bandy Brownlee.

Admission for the choral event is $10. King University students, staff, and faculty along with Tennessee High School students will be admitted free with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 518 State St, Bristol, Tenn., or 1-423-274-8920.


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