African roots music joins South Bend Symphony Choir in an outdoor concert

Black roots meet the strings of a classical concert hall in a 70-minute musical mashup beneath the towering trees of South Bend’s Potawatomi Park.

Twenty members of the South Bend Symphonic Choir will sing along with four local gospel soloists. A string quintet from the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will play along with a gospel keyboardist, bassist and drummer. And two drummers will play a beat while the choir sings and a local African troupe dances.

Raising Our Voices: A Celebration of African-American Music and Dance begins August 13 at 7:00 p.m. as one of the free weekly summer Saturday outdoor performances at Potawatomi’s Chris Wilson Pavilion. The St. Joseph County Community Foundation arranges the Saturday series.

“Lifting Our Voices” springs from the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday concert by the orchestra, which Marvin Curtis, Dean Emeritus of IU South Bend’s Raclin School of the Arts, co-founded and has directed since 2010.

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