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Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Perform May 10 at Ithaca College
May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
: The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will present a pre-tour concert of Negro Spirituals at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 in Ford Hall at the Ithaca College Whalen School of Music.
“The DCJS, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Ithaca-based organization dedicated to preserving the Negro Spiritual and its themes of sorrow, despair, and hope to promote racial healing and social justice,” says Founding Director Dr. Baruch Whitehead associate professor of music education at Ithaca College.
“We are also intent on furthering civil rights leader Dorothy Cotton’s message of freedom and hope through music.”
DCJS has more than 90 members, including some 20 Ithaca College voice students, who perform many of the solos, alongside community members of different ages (11 to 81), heritages and backgrounds.
The diverse chorus performs locally and throughout the region; the singers have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Clemens Center in Elmira, and in Rochester, Buffalo, Toronto, Harlem and Brooklyn. This concert kicks off a three-day tour in Goldsboro, N.C. and Washington D.C. They will perform again at the Kennedy Center in 2020.
The group is named in honor of the late Ithaca resident Dorothy Cotton, the civil rights pioneer who served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She often delivered her messages of freedom and hope through music.
The program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.
The concert is free with suggested donations.