Dr. Cissy Houston
Harlem, NY March 2017 - Vy Higginsen and The Mama Foundation for The Arts announces their first Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street starting April 15th at 2:00pm and continuing the first three Saturdays of May (6th, 13th & 20th) at 4:30pm. Each week, Harlem's Living Legend Vy Higginsen will produce one of the most high-energy, roof-raising, high-praising gospel experiences East of the Hudson River. The first concert will also celebrate the life and work of Dr. Cissy Houston for her outstanding contribution to the genre of gospel music.
"For decades, Harlem as been the premiere destination for tourists and native New Yorkers alike to come and witness authentic gospel music in our many historic Black churches and landmarks," shares Higginsen,"Because The Mama Foundation has the reputation of developing the best gospel voices in the village, people from all over have asked for us to share this part of our culture in a matinee style series. I started The Harlem Gospel Concert Series on Saturday afternoons to satisfy those requests."
Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem is a celebrated group of performers from The Mama Foundation's Gospel for Teens program. Gospel for Teens (GFT) is an award winning program (2 Emmys, Verizon How Sweet The Sound, Pathmart Gospel Competition awards) developed to teach aspiring young adults about the importance of gospel music as an art form. This choir is internationally recognized and has accompanying today's most celebrated pop icons like Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper and Madonna. Through the nurture and commitment of its leadership, it has grown to be a highly respected and influential source of education and self-development for youth. The Harlem Gospel Concert Series is an opportunity to see these young people share with the world their gifts of song.
The Harlem Gospel Series celebrates the excitement of authentic praise and worship music, steeped in the tradition of the Black church. However, just like the good news of the faith, the concert is sure to attract an audience of all ages from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds, celebrating community through music. Tickets are $35 - $50 and available at SmartTix.com.
For more information, please contact Nicole Duncan-Smith, The Mama Foundation for The Arts