On Friday, January 24th at the Winter Center at Millersville University the McCaskey Gospel Choir will perform in concert with Damien Sneed. The concert begins at 7:30 pm.
Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accomplished composer, vocalist, pianist, and arranger Damien Sneed combines the African American music traditions of gospel, jazz, classical and Broadway song that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, with spoken word from Dr. King’s most memorable recorded speeches. The MU Gospel Choir will be performing a special Pre-show lobby event at 6:30 P.M.
Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. He has conducted and collaborated major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and the Clark Sisters.
This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz,” Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.