Atlanta Music Festival - Nov. 11, 2012 - music by T.J. Anderson, and Dorothy Rudd Moore


Nov 11 2012 - 4:00pm
Atlanta Music Festival 2012

African American Concert Music
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Featuring Timothy B. Miller, tenor

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Artistic Director

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church
Norma Raybon
Director of Music

The Meridian Chorale and Soloists
Steven Darsey
Music Director

First Congregational Church
105 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Presented in the newly renovated historic Atlanta First Church. Directions.

Admission is free—an offering will be taken

In 2001 Dwight Andrews and Steven Darsey, under the auspices of Atlanta's First Congregational Church and Meridian Herald, resurrected a long-defunct musical tradition begun by First Church in 1910. (See New Georgia Encyclopedia.) Presented annually, the Atlanta Music Festival celebrates the finest of African American concert music and musicians. In 2011, in collaboration with Emory University, the Music Festival featured international opera star and Atlanta native Indra Thomas. Spanning a week, the festival included workshops with Ms. Thomas for Georgia Public School and Woodward students at Woodward Academy, a vocal workshop at Emory for area college students, a composition workshop with renowned composer T. J. Anderson, and an event at Atlanta Symphony Hall with commentary and a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by 577 Atlanta area 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, teaching them the origin of the hymn, its influence on generations of Americans and others throughout the world, and the power of its music and verse.  The week culminated with a gala performance at Emory's Schwartz Center with Ms. Thomas, the First Church Choir, the Morehouse College Glee Club, and the Meridian Chorale and soloists offering spirituals and concert music with narration by Ambassador Andrew Young.