The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir will share its joy of faith through music and raising funds for children’s charities at Three Stages, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2,
“Having Harlem Gospel Choir here in Folsom is a joy,” said Executive Director Dave Pier. “They have performed all over the world, and with some of the world’s most respected artists. I look forward to an inspired evening of uplifting music.”
The Harlem Gospel Choir has shared its message of love and inspiration with hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Through its dynamic performances the choir strives to create a better understanding of the African-American culture and the inspirational music called Gospel as it relates to the black church. The theme of every performance is “bringing people and nations together and giving something back.”
In this new era of hope and change the choir’s voices reflect the renaissance of Harlem’s culture. The Harlem Gospel Choir’s rich harmonies and sound are always “unfettered, joyous and inspirational.” Their songs of hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul and lift your spirit to angelic heights. Every performance will take your breath away. The Harlem Gospel Choir is the original “real deal” straight from New York, and their music embodies the true spirit of gospel.
The choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem’s black churches and the New York/Tri-State area.
Over the years, the choir has performed with such famous artists as Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Simple Minds, Live, Robin Gibb, Kim Wilde, Lyle Lovett, Diana Ross, Harry Belafonte, Brooks and Dunn, Ashford & Simpson, Jimmy Cliff and the Chieftains. The choir has been featured on many TV shows, including “Top Chef,” “The Colbert Report,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Good Day New York” and the “Early Show.” In 2008 the choir performed for 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium for Pope Benedict XVI and in July 2009 the choir performed for the world in Times Square as part of the memorial service coverage on ABC TV for Michael Jackson’s funeral.
Tickets for the Three Stages event are $19 to 35 with premium tickets available for $39; they are available online at www.threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.