Written word inspires CSO Palm Sunday concert

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir is pleased to present its 10th annual début Palm Sunday performance under the direction of guest conductor David A. Richardson entitled “The Wind and the Mockingbird: How the Written Word Changed Society,” a concert theme inspired by literary works “Gone With the Wind” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Palm Sunday, March 24, at 5 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street. Through dramatic gospel music and historical narration, this performance is inspired by two best-selling literary novels that helped changed the tone and course of U.S. race relations.

In honor of Women’s History Month (March), the performance highlights the work of two female authors each of whom only wrote one seminal work in their lifetime: Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel “Gone With the Wind,” a sweeping depiction of the privileged South during the Civil War and Harper Lee’s 1960 “To Kill A Mockingbird,” a personal account of racial heroism set in the Deep South during the Depression. Music and narration will honor these award-winning works that wielded enormous influence in changing America’s view of race relations, prejudice and injustice with their portrayal of strong African-American characters, both later brought to the big screen to massive public appeal.

Both writers took divergent paths after their success — Mitchell would become a Hollywood darling who supported special causes including secret financial support for Morehouse College students via correspondence with its president and South Carolina native Dr. Benjamin Mayes. Lee hibernated, rarely seen in public after her success, despite a masterpiece that touched the lives of millions around the world.

The performance will feature older, more traditional gospel selections including “Walk Around Heaven All Day,” “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” along with historical narration that illustrates the transformational power of literature and its ability to alter the attitudes of a nation gripped by a history of racial inequality.

“The written word has often shown us how to do the right thing. Most people remember the southern depiction of domestic help as the traditional role afforded black Americans. Both literary settings were strong but one so sweeping it provided the platform for the first Academy Award for a black actor,” said Lee Pringle, producer and CSO Gospel Choir President.

Tickets and information

What: CSO Gospel Choir presents “The Wind and the Mockingbird: How the Written Word Changed Society”

When: Palm Sunday March 24, 5 p.m.

Where: Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston

Details: Tickets are $20 for adults: $10 seniors/students with ID. They can be purchased online at www.csogospel.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or at the door with cash or check only up to one hour before performance.

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