African roots music joins the South Bend Symphony Chorus in an outdoor concert

In a 70-minute musical mix under the towering trees of Potawatomi Park in South Bend, Black roots will meet the strings of a classical concert hall.

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

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

“Lifting Our Voices” grew out of the orchestra’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Concert, 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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