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School of the Arts

Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit celebrates third year

Dean Marvin Curtis, Gospel Choir director CreAnne Mwale and the Gospel ChoirDean Marvin Curtis, Gospel Choir director CreAnne Mwale and the Gospel Choir

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend celebrated Black History month with the third annual presentation of Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit on February 26.  In addition to the concert there was a symposium on African American music on Friday, February 25.  Both events featured the music of African American composer, Adolphus Hailstork, composer in residence and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

According to Dean Marvin Curti,s “Having Dr Adolphus Hailstork on our campus was indeed a rare opportunity for our students and the community.  We were fortunate to have a composer of this stature with us for an outstanding symposium on African American music and for a performance of his composition.  It was a great honor to have The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches with Dr. Orville Lawton to join us in our concert.”

Hailstork’s composition, Done Made my Vow: A Celebration is a challenging piece, but Dean Curtis felt, “The choirs, soloists and orchestra, however all of the rehearsals and all of the work to pull this evening together were well worth it.”

Many attended the performance and Dean Curtis said, “The composition provided a rich tapestry of history pertaining to Black History Month and was well received by the audience.  This was a huge undertaking and I am grateful to the many donors that made this production possible.”

South Bend Symphonic Choir sings at Lift Every VoiceSouth Bend Symphonic Choir sings at Lift Every Voice

The Lift Every Voice choirs and orchestraThe Lift Every Voice choirs and orchestra

Dr. Orville Lawton of The Ebony Chorale, and composer Dr. Adolphus Hailstork.Dr. Orville Lawton of The Ebony Chorale, and composer Dr. Adolphus Hailstork.