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American Spiritual Ensemble

Singers from the American Spiritual Ensemble in concert. Photo by Henry Huhulag.

American Spiritual Ensemble
Thursday, January 27 at 8pm
in the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

715 Nazareth Street, Raleigh, NC 27606


  • $30 Public | $8 NC State Students | $15 NC State Faculty/Staff | all tickets general admission
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In one of the nation’s largest cathedrals, let the soul-stirring voices of American Spiritual Ensemble move you as they evoke the power, faith, and beauty of the American Negro spiritual.

CONCERT UPDATE: NC State student singers will no longer be joining American Spiritual Ensemble on stage.


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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 and the North Carolina Arts Council.