Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:00pm

Posted on: August 5th, 2015

Martin Luther King Concert of Spirituals!

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present its third Martin Luther King weekend Psalms and Spirituals open sing.

Special guests include the Zion AME Church Choir from Pittsfield, and Community Activist Shirley Edgerton. Dr. King will be remembered in poems and speeches, but the focus of the program will be a spiritual sing along with the choirs. The choirs will also perform works by themselves by Nathaniel Dett and Rollo Dilworth. All words and music will be provided.

Shirley Ann Session Edgerton is a Community Activist and Diversity Trainer. She began her trek in community work while exposing and involving her now
three adult children in community activities. She is the founder of the Women of Color Giving Circle, the Rites of
Passage and Empowerment program for girls and founding Director of Youth
Alive performing Arts group. She retired from the Department of Developmental Services as the Director
of Berkshire County State Operated Homes for adults in January 2014.
 Currently, Ms. Edgerton  is employed part -time with Pittsfield Public
 Schools. She serves on numerous boards and committees and has received several
awards in recognition of her work in the community.

Ms. Edgerton states, “We have prayed, marched, boycotted, been beaten, jailed and lynched, we have even elected our first African -American president. Yet, the great divide still exists.  Where do we go from here?” She will be discussing this topic at the concert.

Pittsfield’s well-known Zion AME Church Choir is under the direction of Paul Keele. They have performed in numerous Berkshire venues such as the Barrington Stage and most recently the Berkshire Museum.

Admission is free of charge but with a suggested donation of $15 per ticket at the door.

Zion AME Church Gospel Choir