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VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African-American composers.  Directed by Philip Brunelle, this series features choral arrangements of a broad sampling of styles, including works with jazz ensembles and traditional classical instruments.
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What A Mighty God - Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus - VocalEssence William Grant Still: Skyward My People Rose - VocalEssence - Philip Brunelle Got the Saint Louis Blues - Classical Music in the Jazz Age/VocalEssence
VocalEssence is joined with an orchestra and jazz band for this program of stirring spirituals and rousing gospel melodies.  "Flawless choral singing, presented with a genuine felling of compassion and warmth." - BBC Music Magazine

Part of The Witness Series of African-American music, sung by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, directed by Philip Brunelle.
William Grant Still's music for chorus, orchestra and organ brings the blues into the concert hall, ragtime to the ballet stage and the Old World into a new era. Vibrant music from the crossroads South and North, African and American, church and street characterizes the era between 1914 and 1930. Each of the composers here was a significant contributor to the Harlem Renaissance and by tune or text, these works document the coming jazz explosion. Many have never before been recorded.
   
 
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