USC’s Gospel choir plans Oct. 1 showcase

09/23/2013 1:49 PM

09/23/2013 1:49 PM

The University of South Carolina is planning a special performance by the Gospel Choir, set for Oct. 1.

The choir, under the direction of Carl R. Wells, will present “A Musical Showcase of the Evolution and Development of Black Music in America” in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium of USC’s School Of Music.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature African chants, spirituals, blues, jazz, freedom songs, gospel, and even feature a musical ensemble playing ragtime and big band. The concert will feature the music of Andre Thomas, Raymond Wise, Glenn Burleigh, among others.

In its sixth semester of existence, the group affords students the opportunity to earn an hour of elective credit while exploring the diverse history, soul, and sounds of gospel music. The USC Gospel Choir will join forces with the John W. Work Chorus of the former Booker T. Washington High School.

The Booker T. Washington Auditorium was renovated recently and finally dedicated this past summer.

“The combination of former students of Booker T. Washington High and current USC students performing in the newly renovated facilities marks a very momentous occasion,” Wells said.

Another guest at the Oct. 1 performance is the Rev. Carolyn Brailsford, recording artist and minister of music for Bethel A.M.E. Church, along with members of the church’s choir.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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