Planning for the Spirituals Choir’s 2017 season is now under way. We perform at schools, libraries, churches, and special events, indoors or outdoors — mostly on Martha’s Vineyard, but sometimes we travel further afield. Our presentations are an eloquent mix of music and stories about where the slave songs came from and what they meant to their singers. If you’d like more information, leave a comment here and I’ll pass it along to choir director Jim Thomas. Or you can contact Jim directly by email at Jim@US-SlaveSongs.org or by phone at 703-407-1207.
All locations are on Martha’s Vineyard unless otherwise noted. More events will be added as dates are confirmed.
Tuesday, June 13
12 noon, The Anchors (Edgartown Council on Aging)
Friday, June 16
8:30–9:30 a.m., Tisbury School
Wednesday, June 21
5 p.m., Chilmark Library
Saturday, June 24
3 p.m., Edgartown Library
Wednesday, June 28
6 p.m., the Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs. The Spirituals Choir participates in a non-denominational Christian community gathering to pray together and worship through music.
Saturday, July 1
3 p.m., West Tisbury Library
Wednesday, July 12
12 noon, Lunch-time music series at Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs
Friday, July 14
6 p.m., State Beach, Oak Bluffs (near handicapped entrance)
M.V. Hebrew Center’s Friday evening service
If weather is bad, this will take place at MVHC, Center St., Vineyard Haven
Saturday, July 22
7:30 p.m., Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs. With guest organist Lavert Stuart. A fundraiser for the U.S. Slave Song Project. Tickets $15; children 12 and under get in free.
Sunday, July 23
11 a.m., Unitarian-Universalist service, Vineyard Haven
Sunday, July 30
10:00 a.m., West Tisbury Congregational Church
5:30 p.m., East Chop Lighthouse, Oak Bluffs
Saturday, August 5
3 p.m., Oak Bluffs library. Part of the second annual Oak Bluffs African-American Culture & Literature Festival.