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Gospel Choir with Rev. Bobby Lewis and Eustace Johnson to perform with local singers this weekend

Posted: February 21, 2013 - 1:03am

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will present Rev. Bobby Lewis and pianist Eustace Johnson, both from Harlem, New York, for the 2013 Gospel Choir Workshop and Gospel Celebrations at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center this weekend. This event is presented in recognition of Black History Month, and in collaboration with The Juneau Black Awareness Association, sponsored by University of Alaska.

Rev. Lewis began teaching gospel music in his father’s church in Virginia. He 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 the New Song Community Church in Harlem. He is also the Music Director of the Bobby Lewis Ensemble. Johnson has played in every major concert hall in New York City and continues to perform as a pianist and keyboardist, accompanying many soloists and vocals groups around the tri-state area and abroad. He spends a large amount of time giving private piano instruction, composing, arranging and producing.

The Gospel Celebrations will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The workshop participants will sing at both celebrations. Tickets are available for the Sunday celebrations at the JACC or the Hearthside Bookstores, and online at www.jahc.org

A special pay-as-you-can performance will be offered during the Saturday dress rehearsal, starting at 11 a.m. Attendees should secure a no-cost ticket for Saturday, then offer a pay-as-you-can donation at the door on Saturday morning. The rehearsal will include only the music and singing, with no narration, but provides a chance to experience the 107 piece choir for those who cannot attend the Sunday celebrations.

The Black Awareness Association’s annual scholarship Soul Food dinner will also be held on Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. The menu includes fried catfish, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, potato salad, sweet potatoes, greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie, and peach cobbler. Tickets are available at the JACC, Hearthside books, or www.jahc.org and are $30 for adults, and $20 for students; tickets are $3 more at the door. For more information about the dinner contact: juneaubaa@gmail.com or 957-0630.

For more information about the Gospel Celebration performances, contact the JAHC at 586-2787 www.jahc.org.

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