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2011 Events

4:00pm Sunday October 23, 2011
Brown Auditorium SUNY Campus
Cortland, NY

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The SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir presents its Fall Concert on Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 P.M. in Brown Auditorium in Old Main. The Gospel Choir welcomes the Cortland community to the very popular event. Families with children and seniors are also welcome. Old Main is wheelchair accessible. Tickets for the event are $3 students and $5 general admission. Complimentary tickets are available on a need basis. Proceeds support the Gospel Choir Scholarship and Programming Funds.

The Gospel Choir program will consists of contemporary and traditional gospel selections, popular American hymns. Cortland A Cappella, directed by Noelle Paley, Director of Multicultural Life, will be featured, along with the Gospel Choir Ensemble, saxophonist Jamie Yaman, pianist Dorothy Thomas and the Gospel Choir Instrumental Ensemble.

The Gospel Choir continues its practice of mixing standard favorites from its repertoire with new selections. New selections include Battlefield and Glorious. Also returning to the lineup will be My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord, Faithful and the ever popular O Happy Day, the latter of which was made popular by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Khalia Brown is the soloist for O Happy Day.

Cortland A Cappella will present Amazing Grace, the spiritual Wade in the Water, and Jar of Hearts, by Christina Perry. Additional selections will be performed by local saxophonist Jamie Yaman, pianist Dorothy Thomas, and the Gospel Choir Instrumental Ensemble.

Directing Cortland's Gospel Choir will be Robert Brown, a SUNY Cortland adjunct instructor in Africana Studies.  Brown teaches music at Blodgett Elementary School in Syracuse. He is also music director of the New Life Community Church. Choir musicians are Andy Rudy, Reginald Siegler, and Benjamin Terry, all from Syracuse. Jamie Yaman is from Cortland. The program is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Africana Studies Department. It is also supported by the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, Alumni Affairs, Cortland College Foundation, the Division of Student Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Mandatory Student Activity Fee.

For more information, contact Professor Samuel L. Kelley at 607 753-4104 or sam.kelley@cortland.edu or Dr. Seth Asumah at seth.asumah@cortland.edu, or 607 753-2064.