October 03, 2007

Full house expected for second annual GospelFest concert celebration October 7 at Cleveland Museum of Natural History


A packed house of more than 600 is expected when Case Western Reserve University hosts the second annual GospelFest Concert Celebration on Sunday, October 7, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive. A pre-concert reception will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 6 p.m.

Tickets, which were free to campus members and $10 for ages 12 and older, are no longer available. It's a situation welcomed by the event's organizers.

"It’s absolutely wonderful to be at the auditorium's capacity for this event," said Latish James, director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Case Western Reserve. "We are expecting the crowd to be three times as large as last year's inaugural celebration."

The GospelFest Concert Celebration, hosted for the second straight year by Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (FSM '71, LAW '74), the event's honorary chair, will feature gospel performances by local church choirs, youth groups and soloists. Local television veteran Harry Boomer and Case Western Reserve alumna and rising national gospel artist Kelly Chapman (CWR '89) will serve as the master and mistress of ceremonies, respectively, this year.

"We are really excited to have both Congresswoman Tubbs Jones and Kelly Chapman returning for a second year," James said. "And Harry has been an intricate part of supporting gospel music and events throughout Cleveland in his 30-year broadcasting career."

Chapman will join in the performance with other local groups, including the Prayer Warriors, Cleveland Heights High School Gospel Choir, the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church Men's Chorus and Case Western Reserve's Voice of Glory.

The Gospelfest Concert Celebration culminates the varied festivities planned for Case Western Reserve University's Alumni Weekend and Homecoming scheduled for October 4–7.

"This event is a great way to conclude the weekend because it attracts support from members of the campus, current and present alumni, the neighboring communities and people from all backgrounds and races," James said.

"The event really is a collaborative effort between the Center for Community Partnership and the Office of Alumni Relations,” she added. "It demonstrates the university's commitment to Greater Cleveland, in that when we host programs and events on or near campus, we share the celebration with our neighbors."

Second Annual GospelFest Concert Celebration
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007 at 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive

List of performers:

Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church Men's Chorus, soloist Kelly Chapman, Providence Baptist Church Praise Dancers, Versie Williams Owens of Mt. Zion Oakwood Village, acoustic guitarist Roland Gresham, the Prayer Warriors and the Case Western Reserve University’s Voices of Glory

For more information, contact Jason Tirotta at 216-368-6890.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, October 3, 2007 01:39 PM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Campus Life, Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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