is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which
features a comprehensive Works List
and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,
The CSO Spiritual Ensemble, a 35-member vocal group focusing on traditional African-American spirituals, joins Piccolo Spoleto on Saturday, June 6, 2015 with a performance entitled Robert Nathanial Dett: A North American Treasure.
This choral performance will chronicle the musical legacies of Robert Nathaniel Dett, (1882-1943) known for his intricate choral arrangements. Dett’s Ordering of Moses Oratorio for Orchestra and Chariot Jubilee for Organ are noted around the world as extremely challenging to perform, such that few professional or community choirs perform them.
A giant in the black classical world, Dett gained attention during his tenure at historic Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. His orchestral and organ works are rarely performed in the United States, but are celebrated staples in Canada and Europe.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 • 5:00pm
Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
General Admission tickets: $21 adults; children or students $11 with ID
Online: www.piccolospoleto.com; by phone (866) 811-4111; at door (cash or check only) up to one half hour before each performance
About the CSO Spiritual Ensemble
The CSO Spiritual Ensemble is a 35-member repertory vocal group based in Charleston focusing on African-American spirituals, sacred and classical music. The Ensemble’s core musical offering honors the devout musical tradition that African-Americans formed as slaves after arriving in this country and in particular its relevant history in South Carolina. The spiritual has shaped and inspired the evolution of classically trained African-American composers and arrangers.
About Conductor Michael Scott Giuliani
The 2014-2015 season marks second full season as director of the CSO Spiritual Ensemble. Founding Artistic Director and President of the Lowcountry Conservatory of Music Michael Scott Giuliani also teaches piano and music theory. An active and sought-after collaborative pianist and conductor, Giuliani's musical endeavors have taken him across the United States and Europe, having served as pianist and organist for Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass, a renowned sacred brass ensemble, and as pianist for the North Park University Choir.