February 5, 2010

New England Conservatory Presents 31st Annual Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee, Feb. 13—14, 2010

NEC Millennium Gospel Choir, NEC Community Gospel Choir, NEC Youth Gospel Choir Featured

Gospel Jubilee music directors include past NEC Gospel Music award recipients David Coleman, James A. Early ‘78, Evelyn Lee Jones, Herbert S. Jones, Renese King, Donnell L. Patterson ’82 and Jonathan Singleton.

Gospel singersThe New England Conservatory’s 31st annual Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee will celebrate the light of the spirit and the warmth of love in two weekend performances at NEC’s Jordan Hall, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. and February 14 at 3 p.m.

Under the direction of preeminent ministers of music, the 100-voice NEC Millennium Gospel Choir, along with the NEC Community Gospel Choir, the NEC Youth Gospel Choir, New England Gospel Ensemble, the Mystic Chorale, the Mt. Olive Kingdom Builders' Praise Team and Sanctuary Choir, Joyful Voices of Inspiration, St. Paul Cathedral Ensemble, Confirmation, Angelic Voices of Praise and Re-Union Choirs and St. Paul AME Young Adult Network Choir will raise their voices to praise God in selections drawn from the deepest rural traditions to the youngest urban expressions.  Patricia Dance and Donnell L. Patterson co-produce the event each year.
A highlight of the Jubilee will be the presentation of the 2010 NEC Gospel Music Award. In addition, there will be performances by the Reconciliation Dance Ministry from Grace Church of All Nations and a performance by the Mari Duo composed of violinists Mariana Green-Hill (an alumna of and now Artistic Director of Project STEP) and Naira Underwood. Bishop Robert C. Perry III (Pastor Mt. Olive Kingdom Builders Church – Dorchester) and Rev. Marcellus A. Norris (Pastor St. Paul AME Church – Cambridge) will offer special invocations.
Youth Gospel ChoirFounded in the year 2000, the NEC Millennium Gospel Choir was created to give praise and prayerful welcome to the coming of a new age. The members, drawn from church choirs throughout the greater Boston area, were individually selected because of their superior dedication, vocal technique, range, and commitment to gospel music. The NEC Youth Gospel Choir was created in the Preparatory School last year under the direction of Evelyn Lee Jones.
Tickets to Gospel Jubilee are $10, $5 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the Jordan Hall Box Office, 617-585-1260.  

For further information, check the NEC Website at: www.necmusic.edu or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory