The Annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Concert sponsored in part by the North Charleston Cultural Affairs Department will feature the popular and internationally acclaimed Lowcountry Voices on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 5PM at the St. Matthew Baptist Church on 2005 Reynolds Avenue in North Charleston. The theme for this highly anticipated musical concert is “Hold Out Your Light”. Because of the prevailing tensions and divisiveness in our country and in the world, Nathan L. Nelson, the musical director of the choir, felt drawn to centering this year’s concert’s theme and music to speak to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reinforcing unity that can come by each of us holding a positive light in our homes, in our places of worship, and most importantly, in our communities.
Lowcountry Voices, the choir known for their use of authentic kente cloth multi colored stoles, is a multi diverse choir of nearly 70 voices consisting of singers from various religious affiliations, ranging in age from high school students to senior and seasoned vocalists.
The January 13th MLK Concert will feature a diverse repertoire of selections from the musical genres of hymns, spirituals, classic arrangements, and traditional/contemporary gospel music which will speak to the life and legacy of Dr. King. The choir will perform such selections as Freedom from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, the powerful classic, Inflammatus, God Is Trying To Tell You Something from The Color Purple, and inspiring hymns and spirituals such as It Is Well, Just A Closer Walk, Peace Be Still, and I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired. The anointed tenor voice of Mario Desaussure will be a featured guest soloist along with Dr. Jennifer Luiken, soprano and Dr. Jill Lewis, soprano, both on the music faculty at Charleston Southern University. The concert will also feature Basso Profundo, Benjamin Seabrook, performing the popular MLK favorite, If I Can Help Somebody.
The highlight of this year’s concert will feature the moving and inspirational choral musical tribute dedicated to Martin Luther King by composer Moses Hogan entitled, His Light Still Shines, narrated by the dynamic Rev. Dr. Kylon Middleton, Pastor, Mt. Zion AME Church, Charleston.
Nathan L. Nelson, Director of Lowcountry Voices states, “An added feature to this year’s concert will be the awarding of the 2018 LCV Community Service Award to Fox Music House for their legacy of providing musical instruments to schools and churches for decades, as well as installation of sound systems across the Tri-County and beyond.”
Sandra Barnhardt, LCV’s Events Manager adds, “The choir has had a tremendously successful and busy first half of the season, and the second half promises to be equally as exciting as we look forward to performances at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Kiawah Island, the Charleston Unitarian Church, the God’s First Conference, the Sea Island Awareness Gullah Festival and several other high profile events. However, there could be no better event to commence the second half of our 2017-2018 season than with a musical tribute to one of the world’s greatest leaders for human rights, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” The music selected will highlight the Civil Rights Era on up to the current pleading for peace, harmony, and unity for all mankind.
There is free admission to this event, but attendees are encouraged to obtain a ticket to gain entrance to the concert. Tickets are available at the following ticket sites: North Charleston City Hall/NCCAD-2nd floor, and the St. Matthew Baptist Church Office. There will be ample parking and security for all attending the event. Doors will open at 4:00PM in anticipation of a capacity audience in attendance. For further information, visit the choir’s website at www.lowcountryvoices.com or contact Sandra Barnhardt at 843.609.5137. Tickets will also be available for will call by visiting TicketsLowcountryVoices@aol.com.