Metro Male Chorus

The newly-formed local chorus performs a cantata setting of Vachel Lindsay’s poem, “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven.” Proceeds benefit DiverseCity Diner, a St. Andrew’s initiative of Working Together Jackson.

The newly formed Metro Male Chorus, with friends, is performing a concert benefitting The DiverseCity Diner on Friday, February 15, 2013. The entertaining, eclectic concert will begin at 7:30 in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 500 East Capitol Street in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Tickets at the door are $20, students with I. D. admitted for $5. To purchase advance tickets or to become a sponsor, please call 601/354-1535. DiverseCity Diner is a St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral initiative of Working Together Jackson. Through its programming, the Diner will provide at-risk youth aged 18-24 an opportunity to complete a curriculum of life skills and workforce training that will provide them a future in the restaurant industry. Currently, the organization is focused on raising capital needed to hire a full-time director as the Board looks for a location for the restaurant. “The effort to launch DiverseCity Diner includes partnerships between the juvenile justice system, educators, faith-based organizations and the hospitality industry. We believe strongly that this program not only has the capacity to work lasting, positive change in the lives of youth, but also to serve as a vehicle for community-wide reconciliation,” says Board Vice Chair, Julie Skipper. She can be reached with more information at 601/506-5993. The Metro Male Chorus, composed of experienced singers in local choral societies, churches and colleges, will perform a cantata setting of Vachel Lindsay’s poem, “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven.” Booth, a Methodist minister, founded The Salvation Army in Great Britain and became its first General in 1878. Both Lindsay and composer, Philip James were WWI soldiers in France. They admired and appreciated the Salvation Army’s support of our doughboys, prompting this expression of themselves through their poetry and music. “It is a thrilling, boisterous and meditative cantata for male singers, trumpet, trombone, drum, organ and piano,” says D. Royce Boyer, conductor. The men will also perform several American Spiritual arrangements, conducted by Harlan Zackery. Complementing the Chorus will be The Mississippi Boychoir under the direction of Lelon Thompson who will perform a segment on the program, and a Gen. Booth impersonator will be present to preach a brief sermon, “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” For more information: Dr. Boyer at 601/594-2902 and Royce@castlemedia.net.

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