In Honor of Black History Month: Earl Nelson Singers in concert at First Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek

Greetings Colleagues and friends,

I personally invite you to this wonderful event taking place in downtown Battle Creek on Sunday, February 16th. The concert is free and open to the community. Please join me in spreading the word.

~Gerald J. Blanchard, DMA
P.S., I will be giving the formal introduction of this ensemble and it’s director.

On February 16, in honor of Black History Month, the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek will present The Earl Nelson Singers in concert. An integrated ensemble from Lansing, they are dedicated to collecting and performing only those musical selections that capture the original mood, style, and character of the sacred song of the slave. Now in its 51st year, the 30-voice choir is currently under the direction of Verna Holley.
In addition to focusing on the beauty and dignity of the Negro Spirituals, their repertoire also includes some songs representative of the early Gospel style which were typical of the urban church songs of descendants of ex-slaves after the Civil War in America’s history.
The second performance in the 2013-14 cultural arts series, First Pres Presents,theconcert is free and open to the public and will begin at 4:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30, and a reception following the concert will be held in Fellowship Hall.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 111 Capital Avenue, NE, and can be reached at 964-3700

Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Director of Vocal Arts Area and Music Area Coordinator
Conductor, Branch County Community Chorus
Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 965-3931 Ext. 2566

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