Local gospel artists will perform "A Gospel Revue" at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
The Jones Brothers, Kevin Rodgers and the Anointed Voices of Praise, and soloists Cynthia Waddell-Ragin and tenor David 'Maestro' White of Unified Voices will perform traditional, inspirational and contemporary gospel music in celebration of Johns Hopkins' CultureFest 2002. William L. Clemm II of Johns Hopkins University's Office of Student Development and Programming, a Morgan State University graduate in music with a concentration in voice, will be the master of ceremonies.
The Jones Brothers -- Alonzo, Steven, Quinton, and Jerome -- started singing during their childhood at their father's Greater Hope Baptist Church. As adult singers of gospel, doo-wop and spirituals, they have recorded three CDs and opened for performers such as Kirk Franklin, Dottie Peebles, the Miami Mass Choir and Hezekiah Walker. Members of Kevin Rodgers and the Anointed Voices of Praise represent various Christian denominations and perform a number of religious musical genres. The group is led by its founder and director, Kevin Rodgers, and its advisor, Bishop Benedict A. Dorsey.
Cynthia Waddell-Ragin received her formal training at Morgan State University under the direction of Nathan Carter. She has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including at the White House for then-Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. She was "Effie White" in the national touring production of the Broadway musical Dream Girls. Unified Voices is represented by David 'Maestro' White who is the minister of music at Huber Memorial Church. Unified Voices, co-founded in 1993 by Johns Hopkins physician Gregory Wm. Branch, who serves as executive director, is a diverse group of Johns Hopkins administrators, employees, faculty, residents, staff and students working to bridge the gap between the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the Historic East Baltimore Community.
This performance is sponsored by the Office of Community Relations and Volunteer Services and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by The Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events, now in its 37th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus. These events are open to the public and admission is free. A dessert reception will follow "A Gospel Revue" in the Shriver Hall Clipper Room. For further information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.
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