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A Soulful Music Celebration

April 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

| $30

A joyful lesson in Black musical history will take place at Aaron Davis Hall on Saturday, April 7, as acclaimed performers Marvin Lowe and Queen Esther Marrow lead a cast of singers in exploration of the diversity and brilliance of Black American music through the decades at “A Soulful Music Celebration.” Presented by City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) in partnership with Marvin Lowe & Friends, the 3 p.m. concert will feature an ensemble of artists and singers taking audiences on a fantastic journey of music, culture and heritage.

Developed by singer Marvin Lowe, “A Soulful Music Celebration” brings performers from the Broadway, gospel and concert stages together to commemorate the African-American experience through song. From call-and-response to Negro spirituals and gospel to blues and jazz, the multitude of musical genres that have emerged from the Black experience in America as well as the role of music in uplifting and strengthening the community will be celebrated through songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”; “Make Them Hear You” from the musical Ragtime; “Come Sunday” and “Give Me Jesus.”

Special guest star Queen Esther Marrow, a powerhouse singer who began her career with legendary composer-pianist Duke Ellington, will also take part in the event, performing gospel standards that have gained her critical acclaim during her many years touring Europe. Guiding the audience through the journey will be narrator Reverend Rashad Raymond Moore, assistant minister at Abyssinian Baptist Church, providing historical context for the songs and helping to shape the listeners’ understanding of the concert. Under the musical direction of James Davis Jr., “A Soulful Celebration of Music” will also feature performances by singers Brandie Sutton, Lucia Bradford, Sam McKelton, La Fredrick Coaxner and Voices from Harlem.

Tickets for “A Soulful Music Celebration” are $30 general admission and $20 for students and seniors with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org or in person at the Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. For more details, visit the CCCA site or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at (212) 650-6900.


April 7, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Aaron Davis Hall
129 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States

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  1. I had the great fortune to attend Marvin Lowe’s “A Soulful Music Celebration”. The depiction of the African American experience as told through the genres of hymns, gospel, blues and jazz, illustrated the perils/horrors of African enslavement and oppression but so brilliantly and succinctly reinforced the strength, talent and resilience of a people downtrodden. The songs evoked emotion, heart felt tears and conjured up visible scenes of struggle. Mr. Lowe’s rendition of “Make Them Hear You” reminded me of the importance of telling our stories with vim, vigor and truth so that neither we nor others will forget the dangers of losing spiritual humanness. Queen Esther’s rendition of “Elijah Rock” reminded me of the importance of shouting words of glory and acquiescing to the higher “Supreme” self. The final chorus of selected gospel songs not only brought forth a sacred sanctuary but reminded me to “Keep my head to the Sky” for there is joy and comfort in PRAISE! Overall the musical was a riveting performance of great magnitude that should be replicated on Broadway. Thank you to the entire Soulful Celebration cast for paying homage and tribute to our ancestors whose continual light guides our ongoing manifestation of great works of art!

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