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Living Legends Festival Concert to honor Andre Thomas and David Hurd

Location: California, USA

The African Diaspora Sacred Music Living Legends Festival performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., downtown Los Angeles.

Dr. David Hurd, composer, organist and professor of church music at General Theological Seminary, and Dr. Andre J. Thomas, composer, arranger, and Owen F. Sellers professor of music, director of choral activities and professor of choral music education at Florida State University, will be honored at the performance.  Dr. Thomas will lead the Festival Choir in performing several of his works, including "African Noel," "Rockin Jerusalem," "Hold Fast to Dreams," "Fences," and "Until I Found the Lord."  A special segment of the program will feature a performance by organist Dr. David Hurd, including his "Four Spiritual Preludes."

A special tribute will be paid to noted actor-composer Jester Hairston with performances of his "Witness," "I Want Jesus," "Hold On" and "Amen" conducted by four wonderful Los Angeles musicians who were mentored by Dr. Hairston --   Dr. Albert McNeil, Danellen Joseph, Dr. Gwendolyn Wyatt and Byron Smith.

This annual Festival was organized in 2003 by the California State University Dominguez Hills Music Department and its Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive to facilitate cultural preservation and awareness and musical exchange within Southern California.   This year’s Festival is being presented in collaboration with El Camino College, Harbor Community College, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

The Festival program includes a lecture on May 11, at 11:30 a.m. at California State Dominguez Hills featuring Dr. Hansonia Caldwell – "The Spiritual on the International Stage and Screen – Dr. Jester Hairston, Legacy Musician."   Dr. Thomas will lecture at 1 p.m. on May 12 – "The Spiritual and Its Evolution," also at CSU Dominguez Hills.

This year’s Festival culminates the annual presentation of this wonderful choral music celebration.   The Festival’s Director, Dr. Hansonia Caldwell, will be retiring from the CSU Dominguez Hills Music Department at the end of this Spring semester.

The public is invited to attend all events – free of charge.  For information, call 310.749.3186.

Hansonia Caldwell
African Diaspora Sacred Music/Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive Web Site:

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