We don’t know how it happens but every time we’re in I’On, we end up lost in the maze of the streets. But this summer, we’ve got a reason to put our navigational skills to the test and head over the bridge for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir’s inaugural I’On Village Summer Concert Series. The series consists of four musical tributes to African-American culture and music. “[The gospel choir] will perform selections that represent the Great Migration, when African Americans fled the South. This performance is going to be really moving,” says CSO publicist Allison Savicz. Under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Tony McNeil, the choir will chronicle the massive exodus of six million African Americans to the North, Midwest, and West, the largest internal migration in U.S. history. The performance was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson. With soul-stirring rhythm and sweet melodies, the all-volunteer, racially diverse gospel choir honors gospel’s musical pioneers, but still pushes the boundaries of the musical genre.
Price: $20, $10/students