Local music groups are planning a memorial concert to honor the victims of the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church. The concert will feature the Charleston Gospel Choir and Charleston Spiritual Ensemble, musicians from the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and other area musicians. The performance is 4 p.m. July 18 at Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.
The benefit concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for entry and can be obtained at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. All donations will go to the Emanuel AME Church Memorial Fund.
The event’s music director is Lowcountry native Joseph Young, currently assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The program includes spirituals, gospel songs and orchestra music. Sopranos Lori C. Hicks and Kimwana Doner-Chandler and baritone Kenneth Overtone will perform arias.
“The music will honor our fallen brothers and sisters which, for the moment, will allow us all to reflect and work towards healing,” Young said in a statement. “I am honored to contribute using music as a way to help heal the community.”
Producer Lee Pringle said the concert is a labor of love.
“Bringing this multicultural gathering of musicians and vocalists together for a cause that has resonated around the world is the least we can collectively do,” Lee said. “Everyone has donated their time and I am humbled by this outpouring of generosity for the greater good.”