Last season's sold out performance by the soul-stirring, spirit-raising ensemble demanded a repeat! Their message of love and songs of inspiration truly touch the heart. You’ll be moved to stomp your feet, clap your hands, raise your voices and join them onstage to dance. Great for the whole family.
Harlem Gospel Choir
The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is America's premier gospel choir, and has traveled the globe for 25 years sharing its joy of faith, & raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in January 1986 by Allen Bailey who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Today the Choir presents the finest singers & musicians from black churches in Harlem & the New York area.
Every year the Harlem Gospel Choir shares its message of love & inspiration with millions of people the world over. Through its dynamic performances the Choir strives to create a better understanding of the African-American culture & the inspirational music called Gospel as it relates to the Black Church. The theme of every performance is "bringing people & nations together & giving something back." The Choir's voices reflect the RENAISSANCE of Harlem's culture & the NEW YORK SPIRIT of Gospel.
Body of singers with more than one voice to a part. For many centuries, church choirs sang only plainsong (seeGregorian chant). The relative complexity of early polyphony required solo voices rather than choral performance, but by the 15th century polyphony was being performed chorally. The growth of the secular choir (or chorus) coincided with the beginnings of opera. An oratorio choir is part of a different tradition, which stems from the augmented church choirs used to provide choral portions of a given oratorio, whether performed in or out of church.
Form of black American music derived from Pentecostal church worship services and from spiritual and blues singing. Recordings of Pentecostal preachers' sermons were immensely popular among African Americans in the 1920s. Taking the scriptural direction Let everything that breathes praise the Lord (Psalm 150), Pentecostal churches welcomed timbrels, pianos, banjos, guitars, other stringed instruments, and even brass into their services. Choirs often featured the extremes of female vocal range in antiphonal counterpoint with the preacher's sermon. Other forms of gospel music have included the singing and acoustic guitar playing of itinerant street preachers; individual secular performers; and harmonizing male quartets, whose acts included dance routines and stylized costumes. Gospel music's principal composers and practitioners included Thomas A. Dorsey, who coined the term; the Rev. C.A. Tindley (18511933); the blind wandering preacher Rev. Gary Davis (18961972); Sister Rosetta Tharpe (191573), whose performances took gospel into nightclubs and theatres in the 1930s; and Mahalia Jackson. Gospel music was a significant influence on rhythm and blues and soul music, which have in turn strongly influenced contemporary gospel music.