The Batte Center Presents: American Spiritual Ensemble

Jan 26
Fri @ 8:00 pm
American Spiritual Ensemble
January 26, 2018
Fri at 8:00 pm
The Batte Center
McGee Theatre

Comprised of some of the finest classically trained singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. 

The Program
Walk Together Children - arr. William Henry Smith
Listen to the Lambs - R. Nathaniel Dett                     
I Thank You, Jesus - arr. Robert L. Morris
Ride on King Jesus - Hall Johnson
Lord How Come Me Here - Traditional Negro Spiritual
Here's One - arr. William Grant Still
Fiyah! - Hall Johnson
No More Auction Block/Go Down Moses - Traditional Negro Spiritual arr. Johnie Dean
I Stood on the River of Jordan - arr. Moses Hogan
Great God Almighty - arr. Stacey Gibbs
Over My Head - arr. Uzee brown
Dry Bones - Margaret Bonds
Cert’nly Lawd - arr. Moses Hogan
Wade in the Water - arr. Devin L. Davis/
Sit Down Servant - arr Philip C. McIntyre/adapt. Tedrin Blair LInsday
Stand the Storm - arr. Timothy Amukele
Old Time Religion/When the Saints - arr. Everett McCorvey/Keith McCutchen
Circle of Life (Lion King) - Elton John/tim Rice
Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.
The American Spiritual Ensemble is unique in that over 90% of the members are accomplished soloists who have sung in theaters and opera houses world wide, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan. The resulting sound of this group is something that choral groups with two or three featured soloists cannot duplicate. 
The American Spiritual Ensemble has presented diverse concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America and has toured Spain twelve times presenting more than 100 concerts.
"No words …can describe the impact the Ensemble made last night. And the night before that at the MPR dinner. My only wish is that we'd had every music educator in the state of MN in that conference room yesterday afternoon. I feel so bad for any educator who missed that rich, rich experience. But because that wasn't an MPR event, per se, we only could do just so much to get bodies in the room. Most everyone left the church last night about 6" off the ground, and I had a helluva time falling asleep last night. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you. What you do is so incredibly special.  The world is a richer place because of you and your Ensemble."
Brian Newhouse - Managing Director, Classical  Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media


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