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All Star Program Slated For Emanuel 9 Finale
6/22/2016 12:08:20 PM

Lowcountry Voices

Desmond Pringle

Mario Desaussure
To culminate the nine days of activities commemorating the tragic events of June 17th, 2015, the closing event will be a star studded performing arts program featuring some of the top well known artists in the Charleston area and beyond.

The program is set for Saturday, June 25th at 6PM at Mother Emanuel AME, downtown Charleston.

Coordinated by Jean Ortiz, a long time church member of Mother Emanuel, and representing the City of Charleston, Councilman Dudley Gregorie, also a member of Mother Emanuel, the two have put together a stellar program worthy of remembering the Emanuel 9 through the arts.

The iconic Charleston jazz artist, Ann Caldwell, is the program emcee and will maneuver the featured artists throughout the program as well as perform a personal tribute to the Emanuel 9.

Performances to include Sarah Taylor, a well respected, electrifying Charleston dancer; gospel great and Charleston’s own, Mario Desaussure; the foot stomping, handclapping, Mighty Male Choir of Ebenezer AME Church under the direction of the Rev. Rodney Barrentine, Minister of Music; the international gospel recording artist and Charleston native, Dr. Desmond Pringle who will perform a song especially composed in the after math of the Emanuel 9 tragedy entitled “Get Us Through”.

The highlight of the evening will be the internationally acclaimed and a Charleston favorite – the 60 voice Lowcountry Voices, under the direction of Nathan L. Nelson. The choir gained prominence for their singing at the funeral services for Rev. Senator Clementa Picnkney, and subsequently were asked to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City, and with James Taylor at a concert in Columbia where he paid tribute to the Emanuel 9 and their families.

The program is a free event, however, you must have a ticket to gain admission in order for the church and city officials to prepare for the expected capacity audience. Tickets can be obtained from the church office at Mother Emanuel AME Church at 95 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston, during the office hours of 9am-4pm. Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark is Host Pastor.

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