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A Night in Paris
R Kassman - Purveyor of Fine Pianos
Berkeley, CA
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A Night in Paris
The spring performances of "Color Me Black" feature choral music of Black cultures. As a part of this exceptional concert performance, Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus has invited Oakland Youth Chorus to collaborate with us in a performance of Dr. Robert Ray's Gospel Mass. The two groups will bridge age and cultural gaps as we explore one of the most unique mass settings of our time. This mass setting uses modern gospel and rock style to set the liturgical mass text, which is loosely paraphrased into modern English. In particular, this wonderful piece of music features the standard characteristics of gospel music, including call-and-response between solo and chorus, layering of voices in luscious harmony, and relentless rhythm.

We hope that this collaboration with Oakland Youth Chorus will create the an amazing experience for the youth and our chorus alike, including the following:
-A deepened appreciation for cross-generational collaboration;
-A desire for additional cross-cultural experiences;
-A love for gospel music;
-An increasing awareness of the power of choral music, particularly modern settings of religious texts; and
-An inspiration to continue singing throughout their lives.

To make the most of this tremendous educational and collaborative opportunity, we are inviting a Conductor-In-Residence, who specializes in gospel music, to workshop the choirs the weekend of April 25 and to guest conduct the pieces on April 26 and April 27. We believe this will create memories of a lifetime for both the youth and adults alike. Additionally, we believe that this sort of expertise will infuse new life into the music we bring to our audiences that weekend and beyond. The costs for this sort of collaboration and to learn from our resident expert is budgeted at $5,000. Will you join us in investing in our youth and in this awesome masterwork of choral gospel music?



R Kassman - Purveyor of Fine Pianos (View)
843 Gilman St. Suite B
Berkeley, CA 94710
United States

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Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Other > Charity
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Fundraisers
Social > LGBT

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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