Spirituals Project Choir with Guest Cleo Parker Robinson Set for PACE Center, 2/15
The Spirituals Project Choir is back for their second appearance at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Consisting of singers of all ages and backgrounds with varying degrees of musical experience, the Choir celebrates the varied traditions of spirituals (sacred songs created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries). In addition, the choir performs new arrangements - many written expressly for The Spirituals Project Choir - that provides an opportunity for people to connect personally with the spirituals through performance.
The choir's director, Daryl J. Walker, served as the Minister of Worship and Arts at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, and was Minister of Music at New Hope Baptist Church in Denver for 19 years. Mr. Walker also prepared choral singers and performed with the Colorado Symphony's annual holiday performance of Too Hot to Handel (a jazz, gospel and R&B infused setting of Handel's Messiah), and coordinated music and arts for the Faith Trek youth program at Iliff School of Theology. In 2008, Mr. Walker organized a mass choir comprised of musicians from 38 different churches and organizations that performed at two events as part of the Democratic National Convention.
Cleo Parker Robinson and Christoper Page will perform excerpts of "SPIRITUAL SUITE" World Premiere 1984 - 1985. Inspired by Ms. Parker Robinson's early childhood in the gospel in Dallas, Texas, "Spiritual Suite" is dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in memory of Ms. Parker Robinson's brother, John Whalen Parker Jr.