25 December 2013 at 9.30pm
Organized by Promoconcert
Tel. 93 587 89 60
Blending the vibrancy and spirituality of traditional gospel music with funk and blues rhythms, the Alabama Gospel Choir’s appeal crosses generations and reaches out to everyone. Following in the great traditions of the Aeolian Choir, the Jubilate Vocal Ensemble and the Tuskegee University Golden Voices, the Choir takes audiences on an uplifting journey from the spiritual songs of the 19th century African-American community, with their strong religious roots, to the music’s role in the era of freedom marches across the United States and beyond.
Right from the beginning, gospel singing’s African influences added rhythmical clapping and synchronized movement to the music’s beat. It influenced great jazz and blues singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Dinah Washington, in a religious and popular musical crossover that continues today. The Alabama Gospel Choir concert begins with singers, religious entertainers and pastors in spiritual songs such as Pearly Gates, Shut De Door (Keep the Devil Out) and When I get to Heaven (Happy Day), before paying a moving homage to songs familiar from protest and freedom marches, including Go Tell It on the Mountain and Down by the Riverside. Exuberant solo and choral singing matches the emotional impact of both words and music throughout, a potent mix that raises the roof and brings audiences to their feet with enthusiasm.
The Mississippi Gospel Choir ensemble consists of 20 artists who manage to portray the story of the Gospel, taking the audience on a unique journey to the roots of this music. Its famous songs convey a message of peace and solidarity across borders, creating anthems that never fails to inspire the enthusiastic involvement of the audience.
JEFFREY MURDOCK, director
The Minister Jeffrey Allen Murdock Jr. was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and graduated in Music Education at Southern Mississippi University. He has directed numerous choral groups, among which are The Mississippi Gospel Choir, The Voices of the Triumph, The Cast Wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Mass Choir and Chorus The Coast Wide Thanksgiving. In addition to his work as choir director, Jeffrey Murdock has developed his career as a singer, participating in numerous musicals and operas.
Outstanding educator and researcher, he was a finalist in the Singing Convention of the National Association of Teachers. He engaged in research on Vocal Literature with Dr. William Grant Still and is currently preparing his doctorate in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan.
He has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Currently developing an important role with the group Minister Jeffrey Murdock and Triumph, in which diverse voices of different nationalities join together with the goal of spreading the Gospel message worldwide.