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"Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit"

Adolphus Hailstork

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend celebrate Black History month with the third annual presentation of “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 26.  In addition to the concert there will be a symposium on African American music from 11 am to 1 pm on Friday, February 25.  Both events will feature the music of African American composer, Adolphus Hailstork, composer in residence and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

The IU South Bend Gospel Ensemble will open “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” with a moving selection of their current repertoire.  Following will be the featured piece, Adolphus Hailstork’s composition “Done Made My Vow: A Celebration.”  Hailstork composed the work in 1985 and comments that "in this composition I have coupled Euro-American structural methods (Melodic counterpoint, extensive key changes, long range graduation, dramatic contrasts) with Afro-American idioms and processes (spirituals, chant-song, ostinato, rhythms, polymeters).

Performers on “Done Made My Vow: A Celebration” are the combined choirs of the Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches from West Palm, Florida directed by Orville Lawton and the South Bend Symphonic Choir conducted by Marvin Curtis, dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.  Guest soloists are soprano Brenda Wimberly, choral director at Grambling University and tenor Roderick George, associate professor of voice at Montevalo University.  David Buggs will narrate the piece.

The symposium on African American music will feature Adolphus Hailstork speaking about his work and experiences.  Orville Lawton and Marvin Curtis will give presentations on various genres of African American music.  The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches will also perform during the symposium. Admission to the symposium is free. 

“Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” is made possible, in part, by the African American Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Harvey R. and Doris Klockow Foundation, Lake City Bank, Lexus of Mishawaka, Dr. Paul McLeod, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and WVPE.  Tickets for “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” are available for $3 to adults.  Tickets for students and children are free of charge.  For more information visit arts.iusb.edu or call the Box Office at 574.520.4203.

Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit
7:30 pm Saturday, February 26
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
Tickets $3 | free to students/children
574.520.4203