(October 3, 2018): Temple
Emanu-El, a nearly 100 year-old Jewish congregation and leading New England
synagogue located on the East Side of Providence, is seeking singers of all
ages, races, faiths and talent levels to join a performance chorus with special
guest artist Joshua Nelson, The Prince of Kosher Gospel, for its “Singing the
Dream 2019” event to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 commemorating the life
and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Open Rehearsals for “Singing the Dream 2019” musical tribute
will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday October 28,
2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, Bohnen Vestry, located at 99 Taft Avenue
in Providence, R.I.
Featured special guest for “Singing the Dream 2019” is
Joshua Nelson, a soulful pianist/singer and recording artist known as “The
Prince of Kosher Gospel.” Born and
raised Jewish, Mr. Nelson is an African-American from South Orange, N.J. who
was greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson (the Queen of Gospel Music). Mr. Nelson has performed around the world for
presidents, a prime minister, and Oprah Winfrey. He has also sung with the Wynton Marsalis,
Billy Preston and the late Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and Dizzy Gillespie,
and served as the subject of an acclaimed documentary film entitled Keep on
Professional, amateur, student, and members of faith-based
choirs are encouraged to join, as is anyone from the community who is willing
to participate in this unique civic and cultural event that brings singers
together for an afternoon of song and fellowship. Members of the “Singing the Dream 2019”
chorus will have the opportunity to sing with Joshua Nelson as soloist and will
perform songs with his backup band and singers in accompaniment. Led by Temple Emanu-El’s hazzan, Cantor Dr.
Brian J. Mayer, and his production team of seasoned professionals, the ticketed
concert will be held on January 27, 2019 in the Temple’s 700-person capacity
sanctuary and is open to the public.
“We are excited to bring Jewish and non-Jewish singers
together to sing out in the name of social justice in honor of Dr. King,”
states Miriam A. Ross, Esq., event founder/producer and member of Temple
Emanu-El. “All are welcome regardless of
singing experience, from all walks of life Jew, non-Jew, white,
African-American, Asian and Latino, to come together celebrating diversity,
encouraging inclusion and cultivating human connection. Singing the Dream is about raising voices in
harmony and unity and reflects not only Dr. King’s goals but our hopes that
change he inspired continues to ever-widening spheres. Music can bring everyone together.”
For more information about the Open Rehearsals for “Singing
the Dream 2019,” contact Miriam A. Ross, Esq., Temple Emanu-El, 401-331-1616.