Apr 23, 2014
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Education

Gospel Music Gets Listeners Out of Their Seats at The Hotchkiss School

Gospel Music Gets Listeners Out of Their Seats at The Hotchkiss School

Musical Director Michael Whitney Brown leading last year's Gospelfest.

Gospel music will again fill The Hotchkiss School as student singers from around Litchfield County join together to present Gospelfest.

The event will be held Sunday, April 27 starting at 3 p.m. More information below.

Now in its 13th year, Gospelfest has a history of excellence in gospel music. But perhaps more importantly, it has a history of being fun.

Under the musical direction of Michael Whitney Brown, choirs are encouraged to be spontaneous and follow the music wherever it leads them.

As Brown explains it, the event is about, “exciting music that is spirited, heart rendering and full of joy.”

“I have something set, but I deviate as I need to—as the spirit moves me,” says Brown. “The choir members, the students are quite familiar with the way I operate so it’s no surprise to them. It’s an afternoon full of spontaneity.”  

The choirs of Hotchkiss and Salisbury Schools will host the festival, and they will be joined by the gospel choirs of other area boarding schoolsWestover School, The Taft School, Millbrook School and South Kent School.

There will be three special guest singers at Gospelfest this year. Singer and actor Wanda Houston, who has performed on Broadway and around the country, singer Angela Clemmons, who had the hit “Give Me Just A Little More Time” in the 80s, and producer and singer Janice Dempsey will join the students.

“They come and they bring down the house,” Brown says of the special guests. “It’s going to be a great Gospelfest this year. It’s great each year, but it keeps getting bigger and better.”

Gospelfest is free and open to the public, and Brown encourages everyone to attend.

“It’s not a Christian concert,” he says. “The music is full of spirit and joy.”

The event will take place in Katherine M. Elfers Hall at The Hotchkiss School and begin at 3 p.m. Listeners are encouraged to arrive early to be sure they get a seat.

For more information on Gospelfest call 860-435-4423 or visit their website

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Gospel Music Gets Listeners Out of Their Seats at The Hotchkiss School

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