Celebration of Spirituals Planned for Saturday

October 02, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – A Celebration of Spirituals will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Myers Sanctuary of Dewald Chapel on the University of Mount Union’s campus.

The recital will feature tenor Timothy McLeod ’56, soprano Barbara A. Lyons, former director of Inspirational Voices of Praise at Mount Union; accompanist Kathy Reichenberger, Mount Union concert choir accompanist and the Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Patterson as narrator.

The evening’s repertoire will feature Negro Spirituals arranged by notable African American composers of the era. The music and narration speaks to the mood of a newly freed people and their advancement in a society filled with hope and great expectations.

This will be the farewell concert for McLeod, who plans to retire from performing in concerts. McLeod sang in the Mount Union chorus during his years on campus and later worked as a choir director at numerous churches in San Francisco. He is now retired and resides in Alliance.

“I love the spirituals as sung in the concert style and I love the people who will be working with me while I do this recital,” McLeod said. “It’s a joyous thing and this is my farewell affair.”

This recital, sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain, is free and open to the public.

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