Sweet Briar hosts annual Gospel Fest

| February 17, 2014

The Sweet Briar Concert Choir performs at last year’s Gospel Fest.

Sweet Briar College will host its annual Gospel Fest at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Memorial Chapel. The concert will be followed by a soul food community dinner in Prothro Dining Hall during regular dinner hours (5-7:30 p.m.).

As in previous years, the lineup features an eclectic mix of gospel choirs and soloists from the area. This year, the College is expecting performances by Ordained Voices of St. Mary Baptist Church, Family Life Church, Scott Zion’s Men’s Chorus, Unique Voices, Rita Kidd, Dashay Glover, Derrick Thompson, Youth for Truth and Eugene Penick. The Sweet Briar College Choir and Drums will also take the stage.

Chaplain Dori Baker, whose office hosts the event in honor of Black History Month, is excited about this year.

“Jeff [Jones, orchestra director] and Marcia [Thom-Kaley, choir director] are bringing back the South African song ‘Siyahamba’ with drummers and the choir,” she said. “The choir will also be giving a rousing performance of ‘Let the River Run,’ which played during the opening credits of the movie ‘Working Girl.’ ”

Sweet Briar piano instructor Anna Billias will accompany the choir.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Payne at [email protected] or (434) 381-6103.

Janika Carey

Category: Music