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Gospel Choir workshops and celebrations to be held next week

Posted: February 9, 2012 - 1:05am

In recognition of Black History Month, observed in February around the country, The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will present a Gospel Choir workshop, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center next week, as well as two celebrations featuring workshop participants.

The workshops will be led by Rev. Bobby Lewis of Harlem, N.Y., and pianist Eustace Johnson. Lewis is the executive pastor and minister of music at Central Baptist Church in Harlem, and his 58-voice choir has been featured on The Today Show and other TV programs. Johnson is currently the director of music at New Song Community Church in Harlem, as well as the president of EAJ Productions and EAJ Music.

The workshop runs Tuesday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 18. Weekday workshops will be held from 6:30–8 p.m., and Saturday’s will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. The Celebrations take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Workshop participants will sing at both Celebrations. No experience is required, but participants must be at least 16. Scholarships are available courtesy of Juneau Black Awareness Association.

This event has been organized in collaboration with The Juneau Black Awareness Association, and is sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast, will support from National / Alamo Car Rental of Juneau.

A package deal is available for gospel choir participants who would also like to attend the Black Awareness Association’s annual Soul Food dinner on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5:30pm at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. The menu includes fried catfish, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, potato salad, greens and cornbread, macaroni & cheese, sweet potatoes peach cobbler and sweet potato pie. For more information about the dinner, contact Sherry Patterson at 957-0630.

For more information about the workshop or celebrations, contact Juneau Arts & Humanities Council at 586-2787.

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