Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ArtsCharleston.org: 'Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir to honor TV innovator Sadie Green Oglesby for Piccolo Spoleto' 5 PM Saturday, May 24, 2014

Candace Burroughs McLeod

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir is pleased to present a concert theme honoring Sadie Green Oglesby, local African-American television pioneer, Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5:00pm at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston as part of the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto opening weekend.
This performance will honor the life and legacy of Ms. Sarah "Sadie" Green Oglesby, educator and television innovator who became the first black person to host a television program in Charleston with WCSC Live-5 News (CBS affiliate). She inspired many academic achievers during her teaching years at Avery and Burke High Schools.
Attaining legendary status in the education community as a superb English and Latin teacher, she was hand-picked by television giant John Rivers, Sr., founder of WCSC-TV, the first television station in Charleston, in 1953. WSCS-TV remains the oldest continuous television station in the state of South Carolina.

Ms. Oglesby attended Avery Institute in Charleston and graduated in 1918.  She received her B.A. in Classics from Fisk University in Tennessee and her master's degree from New York University.  She taught both at Avery Institute and Allen University, and finally at Burke High School (formerly known as Colored Industrial School), where she taught English and Latin as well as drama coaching.
Tickets and Information
CSO Gospel Choir: Until Next Time: A Tribute to Sadie Green Oglesby
2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5:00pm
Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston
Tickets: $21 adults: $11 seniors/students with ID
By phone (866) 811-4111; at door: Cash or check only up to one-half hour before performance
About the CSO Gospel Choir
Now in its fourteen year, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir, Charleston’s celebrated culturally diverse choir, performs gospel, spirituals and sacred music for annual events including a Palm Sunday performance, CSO Gospel Christmas, Piccolo Spoleto and regional events throughout the southeast and numerous engagements in Europe including Paris, London, Rome and Prague. The Choir also visited Ghana, West Africa in 2012. CSOGospel.com

About Music Director Candace B. McLeod

Candace Burroughs McLeod’s musical journey is deeply rooted in classical, contemporary, and gospel-style piano, but her passion is choral excellence. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, she earned a BA in Music. She also completed further graduate studies at Coastal Carolina University, Limestone College, College of Charleston, The Citadel, and Charleston Southern University. During her years at Spelman College, Mrs. McLeod had the privilege of singing at the pregame show of the 1994 Super Bowl game with Natalie Cole, the 1996 Olympic Chorus for its Opening Ceremony, and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaw and Yoel Levi in a benefit concert with Ray Charles. She was selected as 2006 Teacher of the Year at Flowertown Elementary School and is currently a piano teacher at Fort Dorchester High School and private piano and voice instructor. Mrs. McLeod is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA), the South Carolina Education Association (SCEA), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Alpha Iota International and Professional Music Fraternity for Women.

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