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March 21, 2007

Purdue's Black Voices of Inspiration to present annual spring concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Black Voices of Inspiration choir will present its 32nd annual spring concert "His Last Week On Earth" at 3 p.m. April 1 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

The Black Voices of Inspiration, one of four performing arts ensembles from Purdue's Black Cultural Center, has a repertoire of spirituals, gospels and contemporary songs of inspiration and passion.

"We are especially excited because this year our concert falls on Palm Sunday, which, in the Christian year, marks the beginning of the last week of Jesus Christ on earth," said artist in residence Twana A. Harris, who wrote the musical drama. "As the title suggests, my piece focuses on the last week of Christ's life as told by people who were impacted greatly by his ministry."

The concert includes original music, as well as excerpts from "The Seven Last Words Of Christ," one of the most celebrated cantatas of the 20th century written by Theodore Dubois. The second half of the program will include traditional gospel selections that are the foundation of African American musical celebrations during Easter, Harris said. 

"The mixture of contemporary as well as sacred music, along with the text and dramatic interpretation, will prove to be deeply moving," Harris said. "Our audiences have come to expect that we will present something new and different every spring, and this year will not be an exception to that. We have always shared the story of strength and hope through music, and this year we will share a story about faith."

The concert will be dedicated to Morgan Guice, a member of the choir and Purdue student who was killed in an automobile accident during spring break.

"The dedication will give students and other members of the Purdue family an opportunity to honor her memory," said Renee Thomas, director of the Black Cultural Center.

Tickets are $5 for Purdue students and $7 for the public, and children under 12 are free. Group tickets are available at $5 each for 15 or more. Call the Loeb Box Office at (765) 494-3933.

Established in 1975, the Black Voices of Inspiration is committed to the performance of the music of African Americans.  Its repertoire consists of traditional Negro Spirituals, contemporary gospel music and popular songs of inspiration.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source:  Twana A. Harris, (765) 494-3095, harris13@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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