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Thursday, January 5, 2012

11th Annual Gospel Music Festival: A Soulful Celebration @ WSU (Ogden: Jan 13)

A Soulful Celebration

Who: Weber State University
What: 11th Annual Gospel Music Festival: A Soulful Celebration
When: Friday, 13 January 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Austad Auditorium  • Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Weber State University  present the 11th annual Gospel Music Festival at 7:30 pm on Friday, January 13, in the Austad Auditorium of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. This is a free performance and all ages are welcome.

As part of the educational experience, this year’s theme is “A Soulful Celebration.” The current line up of performers include the Emcees:  Nate Clayton and Stacy Bakker; the Negro National Anthem performed by Detorea Oliver; True Vine Vision Dancers; and many community choirs including Second Baptist Church Choir, Calvary Baptist Church  Inspirational Choir, Calvary Baptist Church Praise United, Living Waters Praise Team, Ebenezer Church of God In Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) Choir, Griffin Memorial C.O.G.I.C., and Unity Baptist Church.

The goal of the festival is to share the African-American sacred music experience with all people and to show its influence on contemporary music. This performance is suited to people of all races, ages and interests. It is designed to educate and provide cultural enrichment. The music is based on traditions coming out of the experience of slavery. The festival provides an educational background with each song and style to broaden audience understanding of the gospel musical form.

This is the 11th annual Gospel Festival at Weber State. “We had such an overwhelming response with our first one, which was our contribution to the community celebration of ‘Wade in the Water,’ the Smithsonian Exhibit that was at Union Station in February 2000,” explains Caril Jennings, Marketing Director of the WSU Department of Performing Arts. “All the choirs had such a good time and the full audience did, too. We knew this was something we had to do again and again - and we are still at it!”

The festival campus and community-wide committee is being coordinated by Chad Mosher, Manager of events at the Shepherd Union Building, and Rita Martin, a community member living in Layton, and Adrienne Gillespie, the director of the WSU Diversity and Unity Center

This performance is free and open to the public. The Austad Auditorium will open at 7:00 on that evening, with the performance starting at 7:30.

For more information about the Gospel Festival, contact Adrienne Gillespie, adriennegillespie@weber.edu or 801 626 7243; or Rita Martin, reloumar@comcast.net.

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