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Black Nativity: In Concert - A Gospel Celebration (2004)

Under the direction of Conductor Aaron Robinson, a gospel chorus and solo ensemble in Portland Maine record a best-selling gospel Christmas Album.

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Aaron Robinson ...
Conductor
Paul Havenstein II ...
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Kristen Martin ...
Lead
Peter Gray ...
Lead
Mariann Holden ...
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David Woodward ...
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Heather Sylvester ...
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David Goulet ...
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Danielle Vayenas ...
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Jennifer McLeod ...
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Gloria Ledoux ...
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Kelly Caufield ...
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Ashley Emerson ...
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Sheldon Bird ...
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Richard Gammon ...
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On December 11th, 1961 at the 41st St Theater in New York City, 6 gospel singers made history. Backed up by only a piano and a B3 Hammond organ, they performed Black Nativity by the African American poet and playwright Langston Hughes. He titled it a Gospel-Song Play because it combined gospel spirituals with narration about the birth of Jesus. A truly remarkable production to see, it is however virtually unknown to the general public and even to many musicians. Although there exists only a single cast recording, which was made from the initial run of the original Broadway production, a musical score is unobtainable to those wishing to perform the vocal selections in concert form. Why? Simply put, Hughes chose gospel spirituals that were in the public domain to accompany his text, and various seasonal productions use their own choice of song to illustrate their specific production needs. In addition, the improvisations and performances found on that celebrated cast LP would be ... Written by Music at Immanuel Productions

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11 December 2004 (USA)  »

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