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February 6, 2013

Open the gift of music

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University offers a free, public concert this evening of the renowned American Spiritual Ensemble.

As a story in the Tuesday editions of The Times noted, “‘The mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive,’ according to the group. ‘The repertoire ranges from spirituals to classical to Broadway and dance.’”

Given this is free and the public may attend on a first-come, first-serve basis, the American Spiritual Ensemble concert should be a special treat of powerful and inspirational music.

Sponsored by VSU African-American Studies, in conjunction with other entities including VSU Music, this concert is a wonderful gift to the region, but anyone familiar with VSU Music and many other VSU programs knows this is not a rare gift.

VSU Music offers numerous concerts and recitals free of charge and open to the public throughout the year. In today’s editions of The Times, for example, readers will find a story about the TitleTown Jazz Concert playing Thursday evening. The jazz show is also offered free and to the public.

Often these recitals, concerts, and performances are offered free a few times per week. The VSU Music concerts range from classical to jazz to numerous other music forms. Audiences can discover the range of the oboe or the power of a sonata or the depth of a tuba or the unexpected beat of a percussion.

These concerts are gifts which should be opened and enjoyed as often as they are offered.

The American Spiritual Ensemble concert is scheduled for 7 p.m., today, Feb. 6, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

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