The Charleston Gaillard Center presented a series of programs in January 2019 featuring the contributions of African-Americans to the region’s culture through music, architecture, and cuisine. The highlight was an evening of original, commissioned arrangements of African American spirituals titled “Still, We Rise: A Spirituals Celebration.” This performance is now available to view online on YouTube, and a live Q&A with the performers will take place on Friday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. EST. SC Humanities supported the original “Prints in Clay” programming with a Mini Grant.
Commissioned by the Charleston Gaillard Center, Prints in Clay Evening Concert – “Still, We Rise! A Spirituals Celebration” features two original works. While spirituals are the primary musical focus of the concert, the artists offer new treatments on classics such as “Motherless Child,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” and “Deep River,” to name a few. The music is performed in varying styles of classical, gospel, and jazz genres. Lowcountry Voices, led by Director Nathan Nelson, lend their blessed voices by performing a few of their signature pieces and new compositions.
To register for the free live Q&A with the performers from “Still We Rise: A Spirituals Celebration,” Wycliffe Gordon, J’Nai Bridges, and Nathan Nelson, follow this link. Space is limited, and registration is required.
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