Expressions of Faith Gospel Concert

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The Expressions of Faith Gospel Choir, based at St. James Church in Baltimore, will give a concert of traditional gospel music at Emmanuel Church (5 Bryant Street, on the Common) in Wakefield on Friday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. A dessert reception will follow.

The concert is free and open to all; donations to support the choir's trip to the Boston area will be collected.

The choir will also participate in the 9 a.m. Sunday service on June 27, with the music starting at 8:45 a.m.

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St. James Church is the oldest African-American Episcopal Church in the South and, at 185 years, is among the oldest such congregations in the nation. It was founded by a 30-year-old Episcopal priest, the Rev. William Levington, in the 1820s as a church for people of African decent. It continues to serve the city of Baltimore, and people from surrounding communities today.

The Expressions of Faith choir is under the direction of Charles Oglesby. Expressions of Faith is regularly called upon to participate in various religious and civic ceremonies in the Baltimore area, and while the group has made several visits to the northeast to sing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, this is the first visit to Boston.

"We're excited that Expressions of Faith will be singing the Friday concert. I've heard them several times, and they are really terrific," said Emmanuel's director of music, Michael Salvatore, in a prepared release. "Our church has hosted a variety of musicians in recent years, including a high school orchestra from Minneapolis, early music choirs and instrumentalists, and musicians from New England String Ensemble and Wakefield Music. But this is the first time we'll be offering a gospel music program. Our parish has a wide range of folks, with a broad spectrum of interest in the arts and music, and I think the concerts we offer are a reflection of this."

Adds the rector of Emmanuel, the Rev. Matthew Cadwell, "We have a lively congregation from all sorts of backgrounds, and they really enjoy and support the concerts we offer. This performance is particularly exciting because it reflects the broadening Emmanuel Episcopal Church we are becoming and are striving to be. We're hoping that we will again have a good turnout, and we'd love to see folks from the surrounding towns and communities there to enjoy the music."