New Orleans Gospel

Experience the songs and sounds of

New Orleans gospel
The spectacular

‘Shades of Praise’
An interracial Gospel Choir perform a

Benefit concert
for

literacy support for refugees and asylum seekers.
Also performing will be Schola Cantorum Ireland’s leading plainchant choir. in the Church of Adam & Eve,
(beside Dublin City Council Civic Offices)

ing: Tickets ava ilable from NALA on 01 8554 332 or email litera cy@nala.ie . Cost €20.0 0 €5 unwage d

Book

Merchants Quay, Dublin 8 Wednesday 26th March 2003 7.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Shades of Praise promotes racial harmony in New Orleans by blending cultures and voices in a dynamic, interracial, contemporary praise and worship choir. Proceeds will be used by NALA to develop literacy materials to be distributed free to refugees and asylum seekers. This an initiative by the National Adult Literacy Agency 76 Lower Gardiner St., Dublin 1.

New Orleans Gospel

Experience the songs and sounds of

New Orleans gospel
The spectacular

‘Shades of Praise’
An interracial Gospel Choir perform a

Benefit concert
for

literacy support for refugees and asylum seekers.
Also performing will be Schola Cantorum Ireland’s leading plainchant choir. in the Church of Adam & Eve,
(beside Dublin City Council Civic Offices)

ing: Tickets ava ilable from NALA on 01 8554 332 or email litera cy@nala.ie . Cost €20.0 0 €5 unwage d

Book

Merchants Quay, Dublin 8 Wednesday 26th March 2003 7.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Shades of Praise promotes racial harmony in New Orleans by blending cultures and voices in a dynamic, interracial, contemporary praise and worship choir. Proceeds will be used by NALA to develop literacy materials to be distributed free to refugees and asylum seekers. This an initiative by the National Adult Literacy Agency 76 Lower Gardiner St., Dublin 1.

Shades of Praise ‘‘
The New Orleans interracial gospel choir
Expanding their audience internationally
Shades of Praise promote racial harmony in New Orleans by blending cultures and voices in a dynamic, interracial, contemporary praise-andworship choir. The group has sung in many different settings including church, political events and festivals. Expanding their audience internationally, Shades of Praise will complete a concert tour of Ireland in March of 2003.

Blending voices and cultures at the intersection of race, faith and music

A full programme for the night

’’

At this event the audience will also hear Schola Cantorum, Irelands leading plainchant choir, perform their unique brand of music. This choir is resident at the Church of Adam & Eve’s and recently had a chart topping CD. In addition Michael Cowan, Niall Crowley, Director of the Equality Authority and Minister of State Ms Síle de Valera TD will speak at the event. This initiative is supported by Merchants Quay Ireland.

The Irish connection
In recent years VEC Adult Literacy Schemes have been providing literacy support for Ireland’s newest citizens with the support of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). This has occurred because asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers are often excluded from educational opportunities because of financial hardship or legal restrictions. Parallel to this NALA has developed links with Dr Michael Cowan in his role as Director of the Lindy Boggs National Centre for Community Literacy at Loyola University. As co-founder of Shades of Praise Dr Cowan felt there is a natural link between the interracial focus of the choir and NALA’s work with asylum seekers and refugees. The result is this event, when the choir can proclaim their message of racial harmony to Ireland in support of the work of NALA.

Sharing a dream of creating an interracial gospel choir
In October of 2000, Phillip Manuel, a well-known New Orleans jazz vocalist, and Michael Cowan of Loyola University brought a group of friends and associates together. The objective of this group was to share their dream of creating an interracial gospel choir in New Orleans. As part of a commitment to excellence, the choir engaged the services of an experienced and highly regarded choirmaster. That person is Al Bemiss, music director at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in New Orleans East.

A genuinely interracial organisation
“Like the nation, New Orleans has white institutions and black ones in abundance. Very few of these institutions are genuinely interracial organisations. Shades of Praise is proud to be in that number. In learning to sing together, to praise and give thanks, and to do so with enthusiasm, grace and style, we hope to bring some healing of racial wounds to ourselves, to our city, and beyond” according to Michael Cowan.

Shades of Praise – some facts
The Shades of Praise comprises of 34 singers and 4 supporting musicians. Their performance will be in the genre of contemporary praise and worship music in the African American tradition. The choir Director will introduce each song and encourage audience participation. Most people do join in freely and increasingly as the concert progresses. A saying from the African American church tradition says it all: “You are not the audience, you are the performance.”

This an initiative by the National Adult Literacy Agency 76 Lower Gardiner St., Dublin 1. Tel: 01 855 4332 or email literacy@nala.ie

Shades of Praise ‘‘
The New Orleans interracial gospel choir
Expanding their audience internationally
Shades of Praise promote racial harmony in New Orleans by blending cultures and voices in a dynamic, interracial, contemporary praise-andworship choir. The group has sung in many different settings including church, political events and festivals. Expanding their audience internationally, Shades of Praise will complete a concert tour of Ireland in March of 2003.

Blending voices and cultures at the intersection of race, faith and music

A full programme for the night

’’

At this event the audience will also hear Schola Cantorum, Irelands leading plainchant choir, perform their unique brand of music. This choir is resident at the Church of Adam & Eve’s and recently had a chart topping CD. In addition Michael Cowan, Niall Crowley, Director of the Equality Authority and Minister of State Ms Síle de Valera TD will speak at the event. This initiative is supported by Merchants Quay Ireland.

The Irish connection
In recent years VEC Adult Literacy Schemes have been providing literacy support for Ireland’s newest citizens with the support of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). This has occurred because asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers are often excluded from educational opportunities because of financial hardship or legal restrictions. Parallel to this NALA has developed links with Dr Michael Cowan in his role as Director of the Lindy Boggs National Centre for Community Literacy at Loyola University. As co-founder of Shades of Praise Dr Cowan felt there is a natural link between the interracial focus of the choir and NALA’s work with asylum seekers and refugees. The result is this event, when the choir can proclaim their message of racial harmony to Ireland in support of the work of NALA.

Sharing a dream of creating an interracial gospel choir
In October of 2000, Phillip Manuel, a well-known New Orleans jazz vocalist, and Michael Cowan of Loyola University brought a group of friends and associates together. The objective of this group was to share their dream of creating an interracial gospel choir in New Orleans. As part of a commitment to excellence, the choir engaged the services of an experienced and highly regarded choirmaster. That person is Al Bemiss, music director at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in New Orleans East.

A genuinely interracial organisation
“Like the nation, New Orleans has white institutions and black ones in abundance. Very few of these institutions are genuinely interracial organisations. Shades of Praise is proud to be in that number. In learning to sing together, to praise and give thanks, and to do so with enthusiasm, grace and style, we hope to bring some healing of racial wounds to ourselves, to our city, and beyond” according to Michael Cowan.

Shades of Praise – some facts
The Shades of Praise comprises of 34 singers and 4 supporting musicians. Their performance will be in the genre of contemporary praise and worship music in the African American tradition. The choir Director will introduce each song and encourage audience participation. Most people do join in freely and increasingly as the concert progresses. A saying from the African American church tradition says it all: “You are not the audience, you are the performance.”

This an initiative by the National Adult Literacy Agency 76 Lower Gardiner St., Dublin 1. Tel: 01 855 4332 or email literacy@nala.ie

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