American Spiritual Ensemble

The Power of Spirituals: A Concert and Conversation
Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30pm EST

About the Event

Join the renowned choral singers of American Spiritual Ensemble as they combine powerful music with text from Eileen Guenther’s recently published book, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals. This interactive presentation will include a concert and conversation with ASE Director Dr. Everett McCorvey moderated by NC State student Gabriel Montague (you may remember Gabriel, as he is the student winner of Wolfpack’s Got Talent).

NOTE: Please register by noon on January 27 (the day of the event). This event will take place via Zoom. If you do not have a Zoom account, please sign up for a free Zoom account in advance of the event.

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About American Spiritual Ensemble

The ensemble, made up of operatic voices from around the country, produces a sound of such sumptuous power, energy and commitment that one is hard put to find words worthy of the effect they make on an audience.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The American Spiritual Ensemble (ASE) was founded in 1995 by Dr. Everett McCorvey. This critically-acclaimed ensemble of singers has a mission to preserve and continue the tradition of storytelling through the performance and preservation of the American Negro spiritual. Performing these spirituals serves as a tribute to the many lives lost or destroyed during slavery in the United States.

These songs, a combination of African, American, and European traditions, create a new type of melody in which a sense of identification was created within the enslaved community. These songs now stand as a testament of the strength found through faith during times of hardship as well as a unifying force among all people.

This presentation is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.