Stayed on Freedom: A Musical Celebration of Black History Month

Date(s) - February 2, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Christ Church Cathedral

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Please join us for the 8th annual STAYED ON FREEDOM: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH concert on Saturday, February 2, 2019. This yearly event is a co-production of The Marcus Mosely Chorale and the City Soul Choir. NOTE: new venue this year!!

Marcus Mosely (artistic director of The Marcus Mosely Chorale), in remembering his youth while growing up in the Black community of Texas, has selected the theme of ‘Homecoming’ for this concert. Marcus recalls that—generally in the summer—family, friends, and members of the community who had moved away would return home for faith, food and family reunions. He remembers picnics, baseball games, house-to-house visits, and always, always, at least one big church service with preaching and lots and lots of music. It is this kind of love, energy and celebration that this year’s ‘Stayed on Freedom!’ concert plans to rekindle.

When Marcus came to Vancouver in 1985, a community of Black entertainers took him in; he affectionately called this community the “Black Pack”. Like Marcus, most were expatriates who were missing their homes and their culture. From the times they spent together, the “Circle of Voices” was born.

We are honoured to welcome many of the “Black Pack/Circle of Voices” to this year’s show: Candus Churchill, Sybil Thrasher, Will Sanders, Joe Chappel, and Dalannah Gail Bowen. Adding some spice to the show will be Ndidi Cascade—a local hip-hop artist and educator, and Leora Cashe—a well-loved Vancouver jazz, blues and gospel singer.

Local keyboard wizards Bill Sample and Michael Creber will provide accompaniment. As always, the engaging emcee for the night is Marc Lindy, who plays sousaphone in the Homegoing Brass Band, a beloved musical fixture of this annual show.

This year’s concert is at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday February 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults, and $30 for students/seniors. As the capacity of the Cathedral is limited to 450, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

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