HERITAGE presents festival of Negro spirituals

Group to perform at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Feb. 1

 HERITAGE has been sharing its love of the Negro spiritual with the world for more than three decades. We always look forward to the festival and sharing our love of the spiritual with all the great choirs that participate. The Negro Spiritual has a rich legacy that we must pass on to future generations,” said, Clarence Jones, the founder and director of the non-profit ensemble.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the group will bring its 23rd Annual Festival of Negro Spirituals to Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.  The festival will also showcase: Southern University Concert Choir, Eleanor McMain Secondary School Concert Choir  (New Orleans); Landry-Walker High School Concert Choir (New Orleans); McKinley High School Concert and Gospel choirs; Baker High School Concert Choir; The Heritage Chorale (Monroe); New Dimensions Choral Society and Youth Chorale (Shreveport); and the  New Orleans Black Chorale. The special guest choir is The Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices of Denver, Colorado .

 The  Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices (formerly known as Sankofa) is a nationally known forty-member ensemble.  They are participating in the Heritage Festival for their second time, under the direction of the legendary Bennie L. Williams and associate directors LaDamion Massey and Michael Reilly.

HERITAGE is committed to educate, elevate and enhance the cultural level and appreciation for the Negro Spiritual. Spirituals grew out of the earliest musical expressions of enslaved Africans in the farmlands of Colonial America.  The ensemble has presented concerts throughout Louisiana as well as Mexico City, Mexico, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville, Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Atlanta, Paris and London. Since 1976, HERITAGE has lent its talents to many civic and charitable causes in and around Baton Rouge and has performed to critical acclaim and thunderous ovations and applause in some of the finest and most prestigious concert halls at home and abroad.

Admission to the Festival is free.

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