Concert Music

Traditional Music of the Old South: The Great Migration: 1915-1930 African-American Southern Exodus

When: Sat., May 26, 5 p.m. 2012

Gospel vs. Spiritual. It'd be easy to mix up the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's Gospel Choir and their Spiritual Ensemble, but they're two separate entities, and they'll both be performing at Piccolo Spoleto. The Gospel Choir was founded in 2000 and boasts about 121 members. Their goal is promoting and preserving African-American gospel music and spirituals. The Spiritual Ensemble is only in its second season, is smaller (with 35 members), and is more focused on the musical traditions that African Americans formed as slaves in the Lowcountry.

Hanging with Mr. Nelson. A Charleston native and Charleston Southern University graduate, Nathan Nelson is directing both concerts. He was considered a child prodigy when he started playing drums in local churches at age 8, and now he teaches in the public school system, conducts national choral clinics, and serves as a vocal coach.

Moses migration. The Spiritual Ensemble presents Moses Let My People Go II, a tribute to the late African-American composer Moses G. Hogan. The Gospel Choir's performance, called The Great Migration 1915-1930 African-American Southern Exodus, is about the mass exodus of African Americans from the South following the implementation of Jim Crow laws.

Erica Jackson Curran

Price: $21/adults, $11/students

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