American Spiritual Ensemble gives choral workshop and concert in Convington, VA

Friday, January 20, 2012
The world-reknown American Spiritual Ensemble will be in our area Monday for Martin Luther King Day events. The Arts Council will present the group in concert Monday evening at 7:30pm at Curfman Hall. Alleghany Highlands residents are invited to participate in a Choral Workshop Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Moomaw Center at DSLCC.

Funded by a grant from the Alleghany Foundation, the workshop is free of charge and is designed for singers of all skill levels, ages 12 and up. While there will be singing, ability to sight read is not a necessity. Several members of the A.S.E. will listen and coach, bringing out particular aspects of each participant's vocal technique, musical approach, and audience engagement. There will a final ensemble number that participants will be invited to sing during the evening show at CHS along with the ASE. Workshop participants will also receive a FREE TICKET to the evening show.

Dr. Everette McCorvey, professor of voice and director of opera at the University of Kentucky, will lead the session. Along with founding the ASE, he received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. As a tenor soloist, Dr. McCorvey has performed in many venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Radio City Music Hall in New York and in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and the Czech and Slovak Republics. During the summers, Dr. McCorvey is on the artist faculty of the American Institute of Musical Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.

Tickets to the evening show are on sale now at Music Unlimited, Owen's and The Gettin' Place. Sankar Enterprises and DSLCC are corporate cosponsors for the concert. For more information of to reserve space in the workshop, call 992-6220.

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