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March 29, 2002

Black Voices of Inspiration to perform spring concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Black Cultural Center's choir, the Black Voices of Inspiration, will present a spring concert entitled, "The Uniqueness of African-American Music," on Sunday, April 7.

The concert will be performed at 3 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. It features a sampling of songs as they evolved in African-American culture. The songs range from Negro spirituals to the contemporary sounds of Motown, rhythm-and-blues, and jazz.

Directed by Geoffrey Kelsaw, the Black Voices of Inspiration will present four different segments of music. The first segment will showcase Negro spiritual music from the pre-emancipation period in the early 1800s. The second segment focuses on African-American church and worship culture with its rich gospel music tradition. Motown and jazz music will fill the third segment. The concert will conclude with a salute to America, punctuated by the singing of the national anthem.

A historical presentation will introduce each segment. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the student band Cultured Muzac.

Admission for the performance is $5 for students and $7 for the general public. Tickets will be sold at the door.

CONTACT: Olateju Omolodun, Black Cultural Center assistant director, (765) 494-3095,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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