In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Founded in 1972 by Dr. Brazeal W. Dennard, recipient of The Maynard Klein Award in recognition of artistic excellence in the field of choral music, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is a group of highly trained singers dedicated to developing the choral art to its highest professional level. The Chorale is deeply committed to the rediscovery and performance of significant choral works by African American composers. In 1985, Dr. Dennard subsequently organized the Brazeal Dennard Community Chorus as a community outreach program to encourage participation of members of the surrounding communities and to provide them with vocal training and professional performance opportunities. The Brazeal Dennard Youth Chorale composed of young singers between the ages of 13 and 19 was formed in 1982 to develop these students in the study of the choral art and encourage the dedication to and performance of challenging literature. Dr. Dennard celebrated 60 consecutive years of choral conducting in July 2007 and though retired, remains Artistic Director Emeritus of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, which is now in the capable hands of artistic director, Dr. Augustus O. Hill.
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Review: 'In Silent Night' is of course a Christmas CD, but it is so much more. The 51-strong Brazeal Dennard Chorale bases their music on the traditional African-American spiritual's deep emotion, intensity and strength. Dr. Karen Walwyn is listed as the accompanist. 13 powerful songs from a talented group dedicated to preserve and perpetuate the African-American spiritual.
Songlist: In Silent Night, Ave Maria, Alleluia, He Stooped To Bless, Little Lamb, Psalm 57, Hehlehlooyuh, O Praise The Lord, Negro Bell Carol, Nowhere To Lay His Head, Hail Mary, Betelehemu, Siyahamba
Ain'A That Good News
Review: The story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers is one of the most inspiring in all of American Music. In 1872 a history of their struggle, triumph, and music finally saw print. They sang the songs which were handed down to them by their slave ancestors. The songs expressed profound religious beliefs, an unshakable faith, relief from the suffering of slavery, and the optimism for a better world to come. In truth they were a major contributing tributary to the musical stream which diverged into gospel and blues. This beautiful recording recreates and shares with us some of that body of work which is so important to American music. It is meant to document and present to posterity some of the most powerful music ever sung.
Songlist: Oh, That Bleeding Lamb, I'll Never Turn Back, Listen to the Lambs, In Bright Mansions Above, Is a Light Shining, Heavenly Union, An' I Cry, O Holy Lord, Ain'A That Good News, Lily of the Valley, Gonna Journey Away, Any How, There's a Lit'l Wheel, O the Rocks and the Mountains, I'm Gonna Sing the Spirit, Elijah Rock