Sing Spirituals and Gospel Songs with Cantare Con Vivo this summer

Cantare Con Vivo
Oakland, CA
Rehearsals will be held at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland.
Event date: 
07 May 2019 to 28 Jul 2019
Start Time: 
7:30 pm
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
David Morales, Artistic Director

Sing & Perform in July with Cantare Con Vivo! Our summer Choir is open to all choral singers; no audition is required. All current and former singers are invited to join forces in presenting a rich array of African-American spirituals and gospel songs, many that are seldom performed today. Black Gospel music entered the culture in the 1930’s, merging the secular rhythms and harmonies of jazz and blues with deeply personal expressions of faith.

Rehearsals will be held at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland. (July: Sundays 7, 14, 21 from 3:45 pm-5:45 pm and Thursdays 11, 18, 25 from 7:30 pm -9:30 pm) with performances July 27 at 7:30 pm and July 28 at 4:00 pm. Performance locations TBD.

Spirituals and gospel songs are deeply rooted in African-American history, specifically in America’s exploitive institution of slavery. Africans merged their horrific and unjust circumstance with the indoctrination of Christianity to not only express an immense depth of hope and promise, but ingeniously create a coded language that would promote escape from their condition. These songs became central to African-American worship, later finding their way into white American Protestant churches and folk tradition.

Repertoire: Ain’t-a dat Good News, Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, There Is a Balm in Gilead, This Little Light of Mine, I’ve Been ‘Buked, My Lord, What a Morning, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, I Must Tell Jesus, I Still Have a Long Way to Go, and several others.

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