Clark State Community College will welcome the Central State University Chorus to the Performing Arts Center on February 2 for their fifth consecutive concert in celebration of Black History Month.
“The leadership at Clark State and Central State is committed to providing pathways and partnerships that benefit student success, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. “The performance by the Central State Chorus truly embodies the spirit of our collaboration.”
The Central State Chorus ensemble is comprised of 50 singers. This year’s theme is the celebration of American music.
“The audience can expect to be taken on a musical ride through various genres of music, including classical, spirituals, jazz, gospel and inspirational music,” said Professor Jeremy Winston, director of the Central State Chorus.
The highly acclaimed Central State University Chorus has a repertoire encompassing all periods and styles, including spirituals of African Americans, gospel and jazz.
Located in Wilberforce, Ohio, Central State University has served as a launching pad for many outstanding singers of international renown including Leontyne Price, Roberta Alexander and Nancy Wilson.
“This performance is important because it pairs two of the region's educational centers,” said Winston. “In bringing these two communities and institutions together, we celebrate diversity and unity.”
The Central State Chorus will release a live recording shortly after the performance at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. It will be available on all online platforms.
The Central State Chorus will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, February 2 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Avenue in downtown Springfield. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center box office or by calling (937) 328-3874. There is a maximum of four tickets per order.