American Spiritual Ensemble to Perform at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE-The Susquehanna University Artist Series presents the American Spiritual Ensemble on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater on the Susquehanna campus.The American Spiritual Ensemble, founded in 1995,keeps the American Negro spiritual alive by bringing together many of the finest classically trained singers in the country.Ninety percent of the ensemble’s members are accomplished soloists with performance experience in theaters and opera houses around the world. The group boasts a dynamic repertoire that includes pieces in the spiritual, classical and Broadway traditions, as well as dance, and is featured in the PBS documentary “The Spirituals.”

Tickets are available through the Susquehanna University box office by calling 570-372-ARTS. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Thanks to a grant from Target, student tickets are available for free. There is a limit of two student tickets per adult ticket, and only seats reserved in advance are guaranteed. Target donates five percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism.
Ensemble founder and Music Director Everett McCorvey, D.M.A., will present a lecture on the history and legacy of the American Negro spiritual prior to the performance. Everett’s presentation will be at 3 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art on the Susquehanna campus. This lecture is sponsored by Susquehanna’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a private liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Study and service learning abroad, collaborative research among students and faculty, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

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