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‘A Soulful Music Celebration’ at City College Center for the Arts, April 7th

A joyful lesson in Black musical history will take place at Aaron Davis Hall on Saturday, April 7, as acclaimed performers Marvin Lowe and Queen Esther Marrow lead a cast of singers in exploration of the diversity and brilliance of Black American music through the decades at “A Soulful Music Celebration.” Presented by City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) in partnership with Marvin Lowe & Friends, the 3 p.m. concert will feature an ensemble of artists and singers taking audiences on a fantastic journey of music, culture and heritage.


Developed by singer Marvin Lowe, “A Soulful Music Celebration” brings performers from the Broadway, gospel and concert stages together to commemorate the African-American experience through song. From call-and-response to Negro spirituals and gospel to blues and jazz, the multitude of musical genres that have emerged from the Black experience in America as well as the role of music in uplifting and strengthening the community will be celebrated through songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”; “Make Them Hear You” from the musical Ragtime; “Come Sunday” and ­­­­“Give Me Jesus.”

Special guest star Queen Esther Marrow, a powerhouse singer who began her career with legendary composer-pianist Duke Ellington, will also take part in the event, performing gospel standards that have gained her critical acclaim during her many years touring Europe. Guiding the audience through the journey will be narrator Reverend Rashad Raymond Moore, assistant minister at Abyssinian Baptist Church, providing historical context for the songs and helping to shape the listeners’ understanding of the concert. Under the musical direction of James Davis Jr., “A Soulful Celebration of Music” will also feature performances by singers Brandie Sutton, Lucia Bradford, Sam McKelton, La Fredrick Coaxner and Voices from Harlem.

“I first created these ‘soulful celebration’ concerts as a way to provide singers with a platform to entertain and educate audiences about the history of our music. So often we tour in Europe or Asia to share these songs and history with audiences, but we aren’t able to share them with our own communities,” said event co-organizer Marvin Lowe.  “This show is a vehicle of truth and faith, one we are thrilled to perform at City College Center for the Arts for music fans in Harlem.”

“Music is such a vital part of all cultures, but it has always been particularly significant to Blacks in America, helping to tell our story to audiences around the globe and to push our people forward during difficult times,” said CCCA Managing Director Gregory Shanck. “We are very happy to bring this celebration to our audience.”

Tickets for “A Soulful Music Celebration” are $30 general admission and $20 for students and seniors with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. For more details, visit the CCCA site or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at (212) 650-6900.

Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York, at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue).

City College Center for the Arts can be followed on Twitter at @ccnyarts.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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