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Christ Episcopal Church
120 S. New Hampshire Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Media Contact: Margaret Mashburn

March 6, 2014


The Third Sunday Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington will feature The New Orleans Black Chorale singing a program entitled “Oh! What a Beautiful City . . . Visions of Life at Home” on Sunday, March 23 at 5 p.m. Featured guest is Dara Rahming, soprano.

The chorale, directed by John Ware, is an incorporated non-profit auditioned choral group with membership consisting of a wide range of professional personnel who specialize in the performance of the music of African-American composers and is especially dedicated to the preservation and performance of American Negro Spirituals.

The choral group first performed in 1979 on a program with the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony in the first presentation of the “Symphony in Black,” a concert that highlighted the contributions of black artists to the cultural wealth of New Orleans.

Under the direction of the late Edwin B. Hogan, it was a large choral ensemble comprised of many persons from organized church choirs, college choirs, soloists, and others. Following that performance, they realized that, with the exception of church choirs, there were no existing groups for Blacks that could provide a well-structured, disciplined choral experience. The group decided that it would stay together under the already established name, The New Orleans Black Chorale. In addition to performing, the organization provides music scholarships to historically black colleges and universities in New Orleans, namely Dillard, Southern and Xavier.

John E. Ware, D.M.A., Conductor/Musical Director of the New Orleans Black Chorale is the Rosa Keller Endowed Professor of Music at Xavier University where he teaches Voice, Conducting, Vocal Diction, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, and is the Conductor of the Xavier Concert Choir and University Chorus. He is passionate about keeping the American Negro Spiritual alive.

The Third Sunday Concert Series is an outreach of Christ Church but is also supported in large part by memberships. All concerts begin at 5 p.m., are free and open to the public, and followed by a reception where the audience can meet the performers. Christ Church is located at 120 S. New Hampshire Street, Covington, at the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park. For more information call 985-892-3177.

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