- By Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will present a free –but fundraising -- online concert, "A Virtual Concert of Hope and Joy," at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20.
The concert will not only feature the diverse chorus of more than 50 singers who perform locally and throughout the region, but also:
Ithaca College School of Music Voice Faculty and Ithaca College choral ensembles;
- Scenes from Amahl and The Night Visitors, with soloists Amber Ward, Geoff Peterson, Brian Gibbs, Evan Sacco and Simon Lee, and the Liturgical Dancers;
- The world premiere of the social justice songs Lift Each Other Higher by Elisa Keeler, dedicated to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Good Trouble, a commissioned piece for DCJS by Stan Spottswood;
- Ysaye Barnwell's Spiritual; Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen; and The Ballad of the Brown King by Margaret Bonds;
- Gospel songs by Thomas Whitfield; and soloists Josiah Spellman and Marie Ellis- Jordan; and gospel superstar Krista McKenzie from Laurel, MS.
"We have struggled as a community to stay connected and make music. But thanks to technology, we've continued virtually and are able to produce this extraordinary concert," says artistic director Dr. Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College. "I would especially like to thank Alec Staples for his extraordinary skills and countless hours of editing and Emmett Scott, our accompanist who contributed superb piano tracks."