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American Spiritual Ensemble will perform in Somerset

American Spiritual Ensemble has performed in major theatres and renowned opera houses around the world.

Now, this world-famous choral ensemble, featuring some of the finest singers in the United States, is adding Somerset, Ky., to its growing list of performance venues.

Under the musical direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey, the group will perform a selection of classic gospel spirituals, jazz, and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience in the next Center Stage series performance on Friday, Feb. 5, at The Center for Rural Development.

The performance, set for 7:30 p.m., is presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

Prior to the Center Stage performance, pianist Kimberly Greene of Somerset will provide the musical entertainment for a free pre-show event sponsored by Lake Cumberland Clear Channel and Sonny’s Bar-B-Q from 6-7 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby

Members of the American Spiritual Ensemble are soloists in their own right, and the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with a program repertoire that includes spirituals, classical, jazz, and a number of hit songs from leading Broadway shows.

The ensemble, founded by McCorvey in 1995, has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, and toured extensively abroad making concert appearances in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Japan, and Spain.

McCorvey, professor of voice and director of opera at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, is an accomplished tenor vocalist. He has a doctorate of music degree from the University of Alabama and serves on the artist faculty of the American Institute of Musical Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, during the summer months.

During the pre-show event, Greene will perform a selection of gospel and Broadway hits. She has played piano for nearly 20 years and performs both as a soloist and accompanist for various ensembles and local organizations.

She is a member of the Lake Cumberland Performing Arts and has worked in the past with the University of Kentucky choral program. Greene continues to foster an awareness of music education and involvement in the community through her celebrated passion for music.

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q will serve an optional dinner buffet of barbecue chicken, baked sweet potatoes, Cole slaw, roll, banana pudding, lemonade, and iced tea. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information or tickets to American Spiritual Ensemble, contact The Center Box Office at 606-677-6000 or email boxoffice@centertech.com. Online tickets may be purchased at www.centertech.com.

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