This year the John Coltrane
Memorial Concert Ensemble will partner with the New England
Spiritual Ensemble to present an evening of Jubilee Songs in
celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th
anniversary of the March on Washington, and in memory of the four young girls
(Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson & Denise McNair) who
were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham,
Alabama on September 15, 1963.
As New England’s premiere vocal ensemble, the New England Spiritual Ensemble is dedicated to the preservation and performance of Negro spirituals, including Jubilee Songs with lyrics that are often more direct in revealing the enslaved Blacks' existence. This year’s concert will feature a select repertoire encompassing a variety of vocal and instrumental manifestations, integrating John Coltrane’s rich contribution to the expansive body of songs codified as Jubilee Songs.
Further information on the concert can also be found at www.friendsofjcmc.org.