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African-American Choral Ensemble to perform at IU Northwest on Jan. 9

Ensemble to deliver broad repertoire of spiritual, folk form, traditional, and contemporary gospel music


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To kick-off the campus celebration for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the African-American Choral Ensemble (ACE) will perform a wide repertoire of music at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

The Choral Ensemble, based in IU Bloomington, will deliver music from the 1961 Freedom Riders civil rights movement, as well as an assortment of spiritual, folk form, traditional and contemporary gospel music.

Keith McCutchen directs the voices that make up the sounds of joy, sorrow, reflection and celebration that express the rich and varied traditions of African American choral music, and the complexities of the Black American experience.

The African-American Choral Ensemble is one of three groups of the IU African American Arts Institute (AAAI), which is one of the premier university performing arts programs in the nation. Since its founding in 1975, ACE has been devoted to presenting and promoting the history of African-Americans through choral music.

The AAAI seeks to promote and preserve African-American culture through performance, education, creative activity, research, and outreach.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Seating for this event is limited; please arrive early.

The Savannah Center is located on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity Programming at (219) 980-6596.