Gospel concert will mark emancipation celebration Choirs to perform for Juneteenth fete at Banneker museum

June 25, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Celebrate African-American freedom with a gospel concert at the Banneker-Douglass Museum of African-American History & Culture.Sunday.

Choirs from Mount Moriah United Methodist and St. Phillip's Episcopal churches in Annapolis and Fuller and Friends ensemble from Baltimore will perform at the museum's Juneteenth celebration.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Texas received official notice of the Emancipation Proclamation, the last state to do so; Texas slaves on that date learned they had been freed two years earlier.

Dr. Lucenia Dunn of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture will give an overview of the oldest African-American holiday.

The museum foundation will honor winners of its "What Freedom Means to Me" children's essay contest.

Activities begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Franklin Street museum.

Information: Dera Fuller, 410-974-2893.

From big band and barbershop quartet to choral music and island steel, this weekend's summer concerts cover all the bases.

At the top of the offerings is a Star-Spangled Celebration. The county Cultural Arts Foundation is getting a jump on Independence Day festivities by offering an evening of patriotic music and fireworks at this outdoor festival at 5: 30 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Crabtowne Big Band, Annapolis Chorale, Sons of the Severn barbershop harmony chorus and the Arundel Vocal Corps are among featured performers in this festival that also offers attractions for children and door prizes.

Admission is free, but donations to the Cultural Arts Foundation are appreciated. Information: 410-222-7949.

Friday evening the choice for big band in Glen Burnie is simple -- the Moonlighters are scheduled to perform at 7: 30 p.m. at the Arundel Center North, Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis has a mix of music on tap at 5: 30 p.m. Saturday with First Premonition, a jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues band, and the Moonlighters. For something a little lighter, check out the choral music from the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in concert at 7: 30 p.m. at the West River Center in Churchton. The 17-voice ensemble performs Broadway hits and sea chanteys.

For a change of pace and scenery, get a taste of the islands at the end of Mountain Road with the island steel band Tropical Ensemble, performing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Downs Park. Or Country Current, a Navy band, performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at Devers Hall, Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue, on Fort Meade.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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