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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents Inaugural GospelFest

 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces its first-ever GospelFest 2023 event. The two-day concert festival takes place at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. The first concert features the Nadja Scott & Divine Anointing Choir and The Jonathan Pettus Chorale. Headlining the festival, Gospel music icon, Karen Clarke Sheard, of the legendary Clarke Sisters, joins the Orchestra under the baton of BSO Associate Conductor, Jonathan Rush on the second evening. Alongside them, the concert will feature HBCU choirs, the Morgan State University Concert Choir, and the Howard Gospel Choir.

GospelFest April 28-29

Designed with both gospel lovers and newcomers in mind, the world-class Orchestra is excited to highlight its versatility and present this quintessential, American music genre like never heard before. Concertgoers are in for a treat as they hear classic favorites as well as world-premiere selections and song arrangements specifically crafted for the BSO’s GospelFest. Guests can look forward to the following performances: 

GospelFest 2023: Too Hot to Handel

Friday, April 28 at 8 pm, Meyerhoff

Jonathan Rush, conductor

Nadja Scott & Divine Anointing Choir

The Jonathan Pettus Chorale

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK New Work (BSO Commission and World Premiere)

Selections from Too Hot to Handel

GospelFest 2023: Karen Clark Sheard

Saturday, April 29 at 8 pm, Meyerhoff

Jonathan Rush, conductor

Karen Clark Sheard, vocalist

Morgan State University Concert Choir, Dr. Eric Conway, director

Howard Gospel Choir, Reginald A. Golden, director

“Gospel music is a global language that provides the uplifting and inspiration that many of us could use now more than ever,” said BSO’s Associate Conductor and GospelFest creator, Jonathan Rush. “GospelFest is sure to be a great gathering that highlights the talent of beloved and emerging vocal performers and the remarkable versatility of our Orchestra musicians. We’re fortunate to witness Karen Clarke Sheard’s artistry in person and we can’t wait to join both new and experienced Orchestra attendees together for this event.” 

Concerts can be purchased individually or packaged together for 20% off the promotional price. For more information and tickets, visit BSOmusic.org. GospelFest 2023 is a part of the BSO’s Kids Listen to Free program. Children ages 7-17 may attend for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Reservations should be made in advance, by phone, or in person. 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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