Monday, October 14, 2013

Dr. Kathy Bullock at high school on October 18

From Principal Lynn Dole's October 12 newsletter:

Dr. Kathy Bullock
On Friday, October 18, Dr. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, will be making a presentation to all our high school students.

Dr. Bullock directs the Black Music Ensemble, a 70-voice choir that specializes in performance of African-American sacred music. She performs, lectures, and leads workshops in the United States, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Jamaica on music and culture of the African diaspora. She is also involved in ongoing research in African music and culture, as well as African-Caribbean musical culture in Jamaica.

Born in Washington, D.C., of a Baptist minister and wife who were active community, civil rights and religious leaders, Dr. Bullock shares a deep appreciation of music’s beauty, power and spiritual possibilities and an infectious excitement in the performing and sharing of it with others.

Dr. Bullock’s presentation to Mohawk students is made possible through the generous support of the Mohawk Music Association and MAEC (Mohawk Arts and Education Council). Dr. Bullock will make her presentation at 9:00 on Friday morning. 

Dr. Bullock’s presentation is entitled "Singing in the Spirit: Roots of African American Sacred Music Tradition". As a part of the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau she has been providing this presentation for years to schools, community centers, libraries, churches, other community organizations in KY and around the US and Europe.

Dr. Kathy Bullock

 Singing in the Spirit: Roots of African American Sacred Music Tradition 

Spirituals and gospel music are much more than pleasing songs to listen to — they are powerful representations of the triumphant spirit and faith that have defined African-American music and people. Dr. Bullock takes the audience on a musical journey from West Africa, through the middle passage, to the North American shores where the African-American culture was forged. Through songs, stories, and performance, this participatory program lets the audience experience the beauty, joy, and power of this music and culture.

A 2 minute YouTube video:  "Gospel Prague 2011 - Dr. Kathy Bullock at Workshop Roots of Afroamerican music tradition"

The public is invited to Dr. Bullock's presentation in the Mohawk auditorium on Friday, October18 at 9:00 am.