The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform in Camden for the first time on Feb. 13 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church (LSUMC) during its Music for Mission winter tour.
“Our goal at our church on Lyttleton Street is to present concerts that are unique and something you couldn’t just go see anywhere else,” Jason Brown, the director of music at LSUMC, said.
Providing excellent music, while also making it free and accessible to the public is also a priority, he said.
The American Spiritual Ensemble is an internationally acclaimed group of performers who have sung in theaters and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain, and Japan.
Their repertoire ranges from opera to Negro spirituals to Broadway.
“While they do sing some Gospel music, this is not just a Gospel choir,” Brown said. “They are trained opera performers, and it’s not unusual for them to end a performance with ‘The Circle of Life’ from The Lion King.”
Tickets to this event are free, but must be reserved in advance. Ticket holders will be seated at 6 p.m., the doors open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a ticket, call the LSUMC office at (803) 432-3191.
A freewill offering will be received, and all proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County.
Brown, who once toured and performed with the American Spiritual Ensemble, said the experience changed his life.
“If it can change my life by singing with them, it can change yours by listening,” he said.
Members of the American Spiritual Ensemble are soloists in their own right and the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience. The mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive.
The American Spiritual Ensemble has presented diverse concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America and has toured Spain seven times presenting more than 80 international concerts.
The CMC is embarking on its 20th year as a nonprofit, charitable family practice free medical clinic. It was founded on the mission of providing free medical care to the uninsured residents of Kershaw County. CMC has grown from seeing several patients a week in one room to having a fully staffed medical facility as well as satellite clinics. Today, CMC has expanded its mission and is leading a collaborative effort to empower individuals to take charge of their own health and well-being.
Community support of CMC has allowed the organization to provide medical care for Kershaw County residents who are underserved or uninsured. Today CMC plays an increasingly broad role as the leader of a collaborative effort to improve population health throughout the county. The clinic serves as the medical home to 800 county residents, resulting in about 3,600 patient visits annually.