Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble
The Kingdom Choir
Featuring Messengers for Christ Choir directed by Ronn Norfleet
Following their show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding in May 2018, London’s The Kingdom Choir will bring their infectious joy and inspiration across the Atlantic for a major North American tour in Autumn 2019. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. The Choir’s rendition of Stand By Me went straight to the top of the Billboard charts and this coming November they will be releasing their first full length album worldwide on Sony Music. Their success at the Royal Wedding has already seen them on several UK and American television appearances including ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.
Messengers for Christ Choir directed by Ronn Norfleet
Now in its 42nd year of performance, and under the direction of Ronn Norfleet for the past 30, Messengers for Christ is a choir consisting of up to 70 members from 19 churches based in Louisville and Southern Indiana that preaches unity through music. The ensemble will perform during the first half of the concert, welcoming The Kingdom Choir to Louisville and the stage.
Kentucky Center Community Conversation: Black Church Music in Louisville
7:00pm – 7:40pm // Frazier Lobby, The Brown Theatre
Featuring Michael L. Jones, local author and journalist
Join us as Michael Jones leads a discussion about the history of gospel music in Louisville. Situated perfectly between Chicago, home to “father of gospel music” Thomas Dorsey, and the Southern United States, Louisville led the charge in spreading traditional gospel music throughout the Midwest as home to native musicians infusing gospel into various musical genres and as the birthplace of WLOU, one of only five black owned radio stations in the country, which continues to dominate the modern gospel airwaves.
Presented in partnership with the National Jug Band Jubilee and the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation
PLEASE NOTE: patrons attending the talk, must have a ticket to the 8pm The Kingdom Choir performance in the Brown Theatre.
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