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Men, Women & Children of the Gospel Choirs

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“Let’s go higher, higher, higher!”

With more than 50 years of D.C. gospel music history between them, Washington Performing Arts’ Men and Women of the Gospel Choir and Children of the Gospel Choir join forces and voices in this unforgettable evening of celebration and affirmation. Featuring a special guest appearance by the renowned singer, composer, multi-Grammy nominee, multi-Stellar Award–winner, and D.C. gospel legend Richard Smallwood, plus another guest-soloist appearance by DMV-based singer and choir director Monique Steele-Griffiths, this 2018/19 Season Finale concert showcases the proud legacy of choral music in the gospel tradition and takes a joyous look toward the music’s future, with multiple generations of singers performing old-school hits, contemporary classics, and more.

In keeping with the evening’s title, the program celebrates the pure enjoyment of gospel choirs in all their electrifying dynamism and contagious optimism. But Level Next also explores a deeper current in gospel history. From the music’s beginnings, choirs have been central to the growth and spread of the art form, as these institutions provide singers a space for communal engagement and cultural affirmation. While gospel music and artists continue to grow in popularity nationally and internationally, gospel choirs are often not as prominent. Level Next puts the focus back on the choir, with works from a wide range of composers who have kept the choir at the forefront of the art form.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Theodore and Trista L.P. Colbert; Catherine and Douglas Wheeler; the Dan Cameron Family Foundation, Inc.; Tom Gallagher, in honor of Turnaround, Inc.; Ruth and Arne Sorenson; and Sid Stolz and David Hatfield.

Performances by the Children of the Gospel Choir are made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. Gospel music programs at Washington Performing Arts are made possible by the Beech Street Foundation and Mr. Jeffrey Bauman and Ms. Linda Fienberg, Hubert “Hank” Schlosberg and the Schlosberg Family, Reginald Van Lee, the Dan Cameron Family Foundation, Inc., and Bruce Rosenblum and Lori Laitman.