Dublin Gospel Choir and American Spiritual Ensemble
The Liberties Festival presents Dublin Gospel Choir, the American Spiritual Ensemble from Alabama, and Chozen Youth Choir from Chicago in the stunning St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday 18 July.
The 53-member Dublin Gospel Choir has collaborated with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Nitin Sawhney, John Legend, Riverdance, James Brown, Damien Rice, Rod Stewart and The Chieftains, and is the only act to have played on the Main Stage at Electric picnic every year. Their repertoire will include songs from artists such as Sigur Ros, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, David Guetta, Queen, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Train, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, U2 and Mumford and Sons.
The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. Just last month they performed at the JFK homecoming celebrations in Wexford where the Irish Independent said they ‘stole the show’. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Liberties Festival for this extremely rare chance to experience them perform in Ireland.
The Ensemble includes director and tenor Everett McCorvey, Professor of Voice and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies, and the Director and Executive Producer of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre; Tedrin Blair Lindsey, pianist and musicologist, from the opera faculty at the University of Kentucky, where he works as vocal coach and musical director; and tenor Gregory Turay, recipient of several of classical music’s most coveted honors. Winner of the Richard Tucker Award, George London Foundation Award, ARIA award, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Turay was hailed early in his career by the London Times as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the US in recent years.”
Also performing is Chozen Youth Choir, a dynamic group of 75 students from the ages of 11-19 that tours the USA. Chozen is a part of the youth ministry team at The Lighthouse Church of All Nations, where Rev. Dan Willis is founder and Senior Pastor, in the ChicagoLand area, in Alsip Illinois. This is their first international tour and their very first performance in Ireland.
Tickets €10 (adult) / €5 (children under 12) on www.entertainment.ie/libertiesfestival