Gospel concert in HMB, Sept. 24th



Lift your spirits with the inaugural performance of the full choir on the coast!

Oakland, California— For the first time ever, the full contingency of Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs (Youth and Adult) will make their way to Half Moon Bay on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm. The concert will take place at the Community United Methodist Church, located at 777 Miramontes Ave in downtown Half Moon Bay, CA. During the past 25 years, this truly interfaith and multi-cultural choir has performed throughout the Bay Area and in Atlanta, New Orleans, Canada, Israel and Australia.

Led by Emmy-winning Artistic Director Terrance Kelly, the choirs perform traditional and contemporary black gospel music and spirituals. The choir stands for diversity, tolerance and unity and spreads this message through its music. “Come play, sing, praise and dance with us!” invites Kelly. “The sheer joy and exuberance of spirit this music brings to both singers and audiences conveys a powerful message, building a community of people from diverse backgrounds to create beauty, unity, and hope for the future.” Kelly has used his training in both gospel and classical music in teaching black gospel to choir members who had not been brought up in traditional African American churches.

The choir recently recorded a new album—their fifth, and the first since 2003—and Kelly promises concertgoers a preview of the new CD’s material. Although the choir’s new CD won’t be available until October 4, pre-sales for the CD will be available at the Half Moon Bay concert, as well as three prior CDs. The earlier recordings feature tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, an associate of Kelly’s late father, and the choir has also appeared on albums by Linda Ronstadt, Tramaine Hawkins and MC Hammer.

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir was founded in 1986 as a result of a gospel music workshop led by Kelly at Jazz Camp West, produced by Living Jazz (formerly Rhythmic Concepts Inc.) Kelly (b. 1962) is an accomplished director, composer, and arranger as well as a popular soloist with an operatic range and joyous emotional feel. His late father was the esteemed jazz and gospel pianist Ed Kelly; his mother, the late Faye Kelly, was a gospel choir directress and pianist.

Since the award-winning choir’s inception, it has adhered to a well-defined mission: 1) to employ Black gospel music to express the power of spirit and bring a message of faith, hope, love, and joy to the country and to the world; 2) to exemplify through interfaith, multiracial, and multicultural membership the principles of equality, justice, peace, unity, and cooperation; and 3) to serve as a model for what is possible among all people.

Advance tickets for the concert are now on sale. Senior discount and group rates are available.

Tickets may be purchased at Bay Book Company, 80 N. Cabrillo Hwy, Ste. F, Half Moon Bay (in Strawflower Village), or online at www.oigc.org. •

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For more information, please call 510-873-0338, or visit www.oigc.org.

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