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April 27, 2001

Spiritualists Revive History Through Music

"Three Generations," an African American spirituals concert co-sponsored by California State University, Sacramento, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament located at 1017 11th Street.

The classical baritone artists, whose age range spans three generations, will perform powerful renditions of songs that embody the essence of the African American culture and history.

During the concert, William Warfield, Benjamin Matthews and Robert Sims will sing as soloists and as a trio. According to the Savannah Times the group "takes listeners on a journey of redemption that weaves heartfelt emotions with even humor and their high notes seemed to hang endlessly in the air in a spellbinding fashion."

In 1984, Warfield won a Grammy in the spoken word category for his narration of Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait and Matthews was the 1999 gold medalist in the American Traditions Competition.

The group will perform songs such as "Ol' Man River" and "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train."

Tickets for the event are $20 and are available at the CSUS Box Office at (916) 278-4323, the Berean Christian Stores at (916) 488-6633 and at Carol's Books at (916) 428-5611. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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