Jewish and African-American Gospel Fusion Concert

April 22, 2013 by University of La Verne

Members of the Jewish Symphony, the University of La Verne Choir and various other artists are collaborating to present a night of multi-cultural gospel music.

La Verne’s Department of Music is partnering with Temple Beth Israel, the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and the La Verne Office of Religious & Spiritual Life to present Gospel Fusion: Gershwin and Beyond on Monday April 29, 2013.

A special focus will be on the contributions of brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who wrote many Broadway shows and several memorable songs of the 20th century, including “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”.

The concert, inspired by flourishing historic and contemporary connections between the African-American and Jewish communities for more than a century, will include Hebrew religious chants and Jewish cultural and religious milieu with elements of jazz and African-American spirituals.

Participants will include the singer-songwriter Karen Hart, Jewish Master Charale KohHaEmek, Assistant Professor of Music Grace Zhao, Cantor Paul Buch, University of La Verne Choir under the direction of James Calhoun and the Reed Gratz Trio. The entire performance is directed by L.A. Jewish Symphony’s Founding Conductor Noreen Green.

Admission is free for students and there is a suggested donation of $20 for all other attendees.

When: Monday, April 29, 2013, 8 p.m.

Where: University of La Verne, Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750

More Information: www.laverne.edu/gospelfusion

For Media: Alisha Rosas, University of La Verne, Interim Public Relations Director, arosas@laverne.edu or 909-593-3511, ext. 4708.

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