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Monday, February 13, 2012

African-American Spirituals as sung by Carlensha Grady

This concert is part of the Daphne Powell Memorial Concert Series, hosted by the Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library.

Music can be a great way to see into the heart of any culture.
On Sunday, Feb. 26, the public is invited to enjoy a free concert of African-American spirituals in honor of Black History Month. It begins at 3 p.m. in the main meeting room of the South Brunswick Public Library.

Soprano Carlensha Grady will be the featured performer in this Daphne Powell Memorial Concert. She is a beautiful and talented young woman who clearly exudes the joy she feels when singing for an audience.  Save a seat for me!

An accomplished singer of classical, jazz, and operatic music, Ms. Grady has performed in Carnegie Hall and the State Theater. She performs regularly at venues throughout New Jersey. Locally, she is the music teacher at Metuchen Christian Academy and soprano section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church of Princeton.

The concert series was made possible by a grant awarded by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission for $2,100, in conjunction with some matching funds from the Karma Foundation and the Friends of SBPL. The monies will support an expanded Daphne Powell concert series for nine concerts during 2012.

FYI: Black History Month is a national annual observance for remembrance of important African-American people and related events, beginning in 1926. Every February it is celebrated in the United States and Canada. The United Kingdom celebrates in the month of October.

Celebrate the Irish culture on March 25 with a free Daphne Powell Concert of traditional Irish music by McDermontt's Handy.

Other performances scheduled for 2012 concert series include:
April 29 - Jersey Follettes, an all-female vocal group; May 27 - Spook Handy: America’s Story through Folk Songs; Sept. 30 - Ken Lelen, a vintage guitarist performing songs from Frank Sinatra to Duke Ellington to Peggy Lee; Oct. 21 - Maggie Worsdale’s Caberet Show; and Nov. 18 - City Winds Trio, classical music.


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