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Gospel choir returns for two shows in Middlebury

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Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Last November, Town Hall Theater invited the famous Howard University Gospel Choir to sing in Middlebury. The talented group took the town by storm.

“It was one of the most moving and rewarding performances I’ve ever seen at Town Hall Theater,” said artistic director Douglas Anderson.  “By the end of the evening the Middlebury crowd was on its feet, cheering and singing and swaying to the ecstatic music.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”

THT immediately asked the group to return, and it is coming back to Middlebury for two concerts on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 and 7 p.m.

Formed on the campus of historically black Howard University in 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir has performed throughout the world.  As the first college choir of its kind, HGC is a trailblazer for all gospel music ministries on collegiate campuses.

“This kind of open-throated, open-hearted singing is unlike any other concert experience,” Anderson said.  “These students aren’t just singing.  They’re sharing with us their deepest beliefs and convictions, and doing it joyfully.  You can’t help but be moved by this experience.”

After last year’s concert, Anderson was flooded with emails from audience members.  A typical response: “By the end of the evening I felt we were all deeply connected in a flow of love.  It was mesmerizing.”  Anderson’s favorite comment: “I was in tears.  I was euphoric.”

Some people felt the group was too loud last year, Anderson added. “They create a wall of glorious sound, but it was a bit too much for some people.  This year we worked it into our contract that THT controls the volume, so we can guarantee a much better sound level this year.”

Come see the Howard University Gospel Choir will perform at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $25, and may be purchased at townhallteater.org, by calling (802) 382-9222, at the THT box office (Monday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m.) or at the door, if available.

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