Annual Community-wide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is Feb.9

KCC Vocal Arts Director Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard leads an audience in song in the Binda Performing Arts Center in 2017.

Kellogg Community College’s Sacred Music Certificate Program will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a Community-wide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along in February.

The event will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the auditorium of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, located on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. Admission is free and open to the public, but a freewill offering will be collected to support future music initiatives at the College.

The Sing-Along event will be conducted by KCC Vocal Arts Director Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, who will lead the audience in singing traditional Christian hymns and African American spirituals favored across a variety of denominations. KCC faculty pianists Nancy Brown and Kathy Cary will accompany on the piano in addition to performing special music.

Hymnals with lyrics and music will be provided as community members are given the chance to sing a wide variety of selections, ranging from classic traditional to contemporary Christian worship songs.

Selections might include:

  • Songs including “Amazing Grace,” “Because He Lives,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Lift High the Cross” and “The Old Rugged Cross”
  • African American spirituals including “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Standing in the Need of Prayer” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” among a host of other selected works
  • Contemporary congregational hymns including “Give Thanks,” “How Majestic Is Your Name” and “Shine, Jesus, Shine”

In addition to pre-selected hymns and spirituals, audience members will have opportunity to call out their favorites from the audience. This year’s theme is “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

For more information about the Community-wide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along, contact KCC’s Arts and Communication Department at 269-965-4126.

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