Location: Lincoln Congregational Temple, Washsington, DC
The African American Spiritual is one of the most honest bodies of musical work, and constitutes one of the largest and most significant forms of American folk song. They indeed connect us with the voices of the past, whose oppression, faith, and resilience are heard in their texts and melodies. Today we sing them to remember those voices from the past, but also as a plea for healing in a time of social and political strife.
The concert will be at the historic Lincoln Congregational Temple, whose partnership with Westmoreland goes back to a collaborated effort to erect affordable housing for residents of the Shaw community following the riots of 1968.
The concert will feature Westmorelander, and Senior Master Sergeant George Singleton, USAF, Retired, who sang with the Singing Sergeants, and was a long time section leader for Westmoreland's choirs. He will be accompanied by Westmoreland's Festival Chorus, a community organization that prepares both Sacred and secular works for the Bethesda community, and raises funds for local charities and services organizations. This concert will benefit Shaw Community Ministry, which creates programs that focus on housing, education, health and wellness, leadership, and youth development for the historic Shaw Community in Washington, DC.
There will be an encore performance as part of Westmoreland's 10:00am Worship service on Sunday, November 7.