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The Main Street Pilot Club to host HERITAGE in Christmas Concert, December 10th, at Shady Grove B.C.



HERITAGE, Clarence Jones, the founder, and director
HERITAGE, Clarence Jones, the founder, and director

BAKER, La. —HERITAGE will present a Christmas Concert of Negro Spirituals on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road, Baker, LA 70714, at 4:00 pm. This event, hosted by The Main Street Pilot Club of Baker, will feature performances of spirituals by HERITAGE, and admission is free.


Its mission is to perpetuate the "Negro Spiritual" as a distinctive art form, as an expression of the Negro ancestors' struggles and aspirations, to preserve the legacy of the Negro Spiritual in its original medium, and foster its influence for all people of the community. HERITAGE strives to maintain a standard of professional excellence and to sponsor and support other worthwhile cultural activities.


HERITAGE is celebrating its 46th Anniversary this year. Since 1976, HERITAGE has lent its talents to many civic and charitable causes in and around Baton Rouge. It has performed to critical acclaim, thunderous ovations, and applause in some of the finest and most prestigious concert halls at home and abroad.


Clarence Jones, the founder, and director of HERITAGE said, “HERITAGE has been sharing its love of the Negro spiritual with the world for more than four decades. We always look forward to sharing our love of the spiritual with our audiences. The Negro Spiritual has a rich legacy we must pass on to future generations.” HERITAGE will perform spirituals by various composers, including Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones' arrangements that will be performed are “Joseph, Thou Son of David,” “Mary Had A Baby,” “What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby,” and “Rockin’ Jerusalem.”


HERITAGE is committed to educating, elevating, and enhancing the cultural level and appreciation for the Negro Spiritual. Spirituals grew out of the earliest musical expressions of enslaved Africans in the farmlands of Colonial America. The ensemble has presented concerts throughout Louisiana as well as Mexico City, Mexico, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville, Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Atlanta, Paris, and London. In Rome, HERITAGE was received in an audience with Pope John Paul II. Recent performances have included Hampton, VA; Los Angeles, CA; West Palm Beach, FL.; Saginaw, MI; Huntsville, AL; and Denver, CO.


HERITAGE is a non-profit professional choral ensemble founded and directed by Clarence Jones, located in Baton Rouge, LA.


Should you have questions or would like to schedule an interview, please call Wanda Washington at (225) 802-3093-(c) or wandaw1211@yahoo.com.


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