Sunday, January 18th, 2015, 3:00pm

Posted on: August 18th, 2014

MLK-poster-2014-colorMartin Luther King Concert of Spirituals!

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present its second Martin Luther King weekend Psalms and Spirituals open sing at Trinity Church, 88 Walker Street in Lenox on Sunday, January 18th at 3:00pm.

Special guests include Boston’s Tremont Street Baptist Gospel Choir (the first integrated church in Massachusetts) and the Taconic HS Choir.  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 Alice Parker, Moses Hogan and arrangements of familiar spirituals such as Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, Oh happy day and Oh Freedom. All words and music will be provided.

The Tremont Temple Baptist Church has a rich history that has made it a leader in the Boston area for social justice, evangelism, and human rights. In the 1830s the struggle for social justice was seen in the fight for the abolition of slavery. The churches were at times defenders of the status quo and even charged for seating.  In 1838 a group of men led by Timothy Gilbert started the Baptist Free Church. It was “free” in that there was no rent charged for pews, but more than that it was for the freedom of all people, being the first integrated church in America. The Tremont Temple Gospel Choir was founded by jazz and Gospel music artist Geoffrey Dana Hicks in 2006.   The choir is a multicultural, multiethnic group of singers of diverse ages united in singing together for the glory of the Lord.   The style of their music is predominately Gospel, although some of their repertoire includes blues and contemporary praise and worship music.  They sing at Tremont Temple Baptist Church in downtown Boston once a month, as well as participate in a variety of concert settings such as each year with the Black History Concert at Tremont Temple.

Taconic High School Honors Chorus and director Jessica Passetto performs concerts at school and community events such as Senior Center Activities, Nursing Homes, City Hall, Tree Lighting Ceremony, City Council Inaugurations and Third Thursday’s.

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