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2016-2017 Spirituals Concert

Soulful Celebration
Spirituals, Gospel & Sacred Jazz

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA (directions to church)

Ruth Naomi Floyd, composer & vocalist
Jay Fluellen, composer and pianist
Northeast Philadelphia High School Concert Choir

and special guest artist: original Ellington soloist DeVonne Gardner

with Joe Anderson, trumpet, Ron Kerber and Chris Karr, saxophones; John Swana, valve trombone; Steve Beskrone, bass; Jason Chuong, drums

Tickets: $24 in advance, $29 at the door

Our final concert of the season celebrates the depth of feeling plumbed from the soul in the performance of spirituals, gospel and sacred jazz in the African-American tradition. We will be joined by Ruth Naomi Floyd, composer and vocalist, and Jay Fluellen, composer and pianist, along with the Northeast Philadelphia High School Concert Choir, directed by Fluellen.

Program Order

Gospel Blues - Trudy Pitts (1932-2010)

What is it that you ask of me? (Micah 6:6-8) - Ruth Naomi Floyd

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child – Jay Fluellen (premiere)

Surrounded – Ruth Naomi Floyd

I want Jesus to walk with me – Clayton White (premiere)

Northeast High School Choir, Jay Fluellen, conductor
Wade in the water – Jay Fluellen
No ways tired – Curtis Burrell

Jesus is a rock – Glenn Burleigh (1949-2007)

Praise Him! – Trudy Pitts

No Hiding Place – Ruth Naomi Floyd

The Beauty/Majesty of God - Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
DeVonne Gardner, soprano

*** intermission ***

O Send out your Light – Jay Fluellen

Bless the Lord O my Soul – Glenn Burleigh

Stand, Still Jordan – Jay Fluellen (RNF soloist)

One Day My Children’s Children – Ruth Naomi Floyd

Mercy – Ruth Naomi Floyd

Northeast High School Choir, Jay Fluellen, conductor
City called heaven – Josephine Poelinitz
Like a mighty stream – Moses Hogan

Combined choirs:
I Sing Because I’m happy – Charles Gabriel (1856-1932) - arr. Rollo Dilworth
The Storm is passing over – Albert Tindley (1851-1933) - arr. Barbara Baker

Come Sunday - Duke Ellington

Concert Media

Promotional Video

Clayton White Interview


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