This year the Spirituals Choir has sung in churches and senior centers, in theaters, at Union Chapel, and at East Chop Light. Late Thursday afternoon we sang at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. The hotel features a wrap-around porch with stupendous views of Edgartown harbor. We were part of the hotel’s annual Porch Concert series, which this year is co-sponsored by MVY Radio. MVY, formerly WMVY @ 92.7 FM, is now a listener-supported online station with deep roots on Martha’s Vineyard.
As always, founder-director Jim Thomas welcomed questions from the audience in between the songs. Thanks to Jim’s knowledge and ongoing research, we learn more at each performance about the anonymous slaves who made these spirituals and the world they lived in. The songs open a window into that world.
The choir’s summer schedule is beginning to wind down, but Sunday, August 18, will be a busy day. At 10 a.m. we’re singing as part of the regular service at the West Tisbury Congregational Church. We’re thrilled to be joined by guest soloist Elizabeth Ross.
Then at 6 p.m. we’ll help open the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) fundraising dinner at the Grange Hall, also in West Tisbury (and barely a stone’s throw from the church).