IU African American Choral Ensemble’s founding director will conduct spring concert

The Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble will celebrate the African American community’s rich and varied musical tradition at its annual spring concert this weekend.

IU African American Choral Ensemble

IU’s African American Choral Ensemble.

The concert includes a variety of musical selections and narratives, including “Non Nobis Domine” by Rosephanye Powell; “Striving After God” and “Daniel, Servant of the Lord” by Undine Smith Moore; “Come by Here” by Uzee Brown; “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by Roland Carter; “Trust Me” by Richard Smallwood; and “Shine the Light,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Let Freedom Ring” and “I Don’t Know What You Come to Do” by the ensemble’s director, Raymond Wise.

“We are happy to welcome the choral ensemble’s founding director, Dr. James Mumford, to serve as a guest conductor for our spring concert,” said Wise, who began conducting the ensemble in 2012. “Plan to rock, clap and sing along with us for this celebration of African American music.”

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and students, with a limit of two per student ID. Tickets are available at the theater’s box office at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., by calling 812-323-3020 and at the door.

The choral ensemble, one of three performing ensembles established in 1976 as a part of the Indiana University African American Arts Institute, is made up of students from various majors who take the ensemble as a course. The group’s repertoire includes choral anthems, hymns, spirituals, formally composed works, and inspirational, traditional and contemporary gospel music arranged by, for and about African Americans.

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