A moving voyage through the sounds of the Black American experience returns to Aaron Davis Hall at City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents “A Soulful Music Celebration” on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 3 p.m., Harlem, New York. The event, featuring Marvin Lowe and Friends and narrated by Obie-award winning actress Barbara Montgomery will take audiences on a journey through the music created by Africans and African-Americans in response to their trials and triumphs over the centuries. The soulful trek also seeks to inspire contemporary listeners to use their own voices to create change and help unite all people in these trying times.
A musical tour de force featuring genres spanning from Negro spirituals and religious hymns to the modern sounds of gospel, blues, and jazz, “A Soulful Music Celebration” was an immense hit with audiences when it was performed at Aaron Davis Hall in 2018. Now back by popular demand, the show takes music lovers even further back in time with performances showcasing the African drum, the rhythmic beat that gave much of Black American music its lifeblood. Under the musical direction of Anthony Evans, acclaimed bass-baritone Marvin Lowe along with singers Brandi Sutton, Lucia Bradford, Samuel McKelton, La Frederick Coaxner and Voices from Harlem will offer new takes on songs such as “Lord, How Come Me Here,” “Hold on Just a Little While Longer” and Ragtime’s “Make Them Hear You.”
Offering audiences historical background and context for songs during the concert will be the show’s narrator Montgomery, a celebrated actress of stage and film, best-known as a star of the hit television series Amen.
“I created this concert to help bring this musical history to center stage and to also show that we are all connected through music and love,” said concert organizer and performer Lowe. “There is so much division and injustice in our world right now. It is my hope that each person leaves the concert reminded that their voice must be used and be heard. No one can afford to sit silently anymore.”
Tickets for “A Soulful Music Celebration” are $40 general admission and $25 for students and seniors. Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
City College of New York, at Aaron Davis Hall, 129 Convent Avenue (West 135th Street and Convent Avenue), Harlem, New York, 212.650.6900, www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org
Photo credit: Brandie Sutton.