More May Music; Gospel, Choral, and “Gypsy Jazz”

Continue to fill your May calendar with concert dates, thanks to local churches and a nearby Bed and Breakfast establishment.

The Gospel Choir from Wittenberg, Germany is currently on tour in the United States, with concert stops as close as Harleysville and Perkasie. They will be singing in Allentown on Friday, May 6th at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 125 Hamilton Street. The group then moves to Harleysville to give an evening concert on Saturday night, May 7th, 2016, at Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff’s Mill Road at 7 p.m. The Gospel Choir will participate and sing at two worship services (8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.) at the Advent Lutheran Church, 479 Landis Road, Harleysville on Sunday morning, MAy 8, 2016. On Monday evening, May 9, 2016, the Gospel Choir will be in Perkasie at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 20 Dill Avenue for a 7 p.m. concert. Their local concert series concludes on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2106, with a 7 p.m. concert at Christ Lutheran Church, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA.

The Gospel Choir, under the direction of Thomas Herzer, is over forty-five members strong.  It includes not only members from the Castle Church, but also several singers from the Wittenberg community.  It was founded as an outreach program for people who have a desire to sing the great American Spirituals and Gospel music.  Though the choir sings the music in English, only a small handful of the musicians actually speak English.

The Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany was built around the turn of the 16th century.  It is the site where in 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis; an act which many consider the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Tickets are not required, and a free-will offering will be taken at the concerts.

The Valley Choral Society presents “spirituals and music of the African-American experience” featuring original music and arrangements by Harry Bruleigh and Moses Hogan in their 2016 spring concert series. Tickets may be bought online for the evening concert to be held on  Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3104 Main Street, Sumneytown, PA at 7 p.m., and for the 4 p.m. concert scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA.

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Gypsy jazz with some New Orleans thrown in” describes the Hot Club of Reading, who will be putting on a show as part of the Landhaven House Concert series on Saturday evening, May 7, 2016. Tickets may be purchased online. The following Saturday, May 14th, the Berks County band the Rhythm Road takes the stage – Landhaven’s website advises that “Last year they sold out, so don’t miss getting your tickets online.” Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with an 8 p.m. start time planned for each show. The establishment is BYOB; Cuisine in a Box meals may be ordered up until noon the Friday before the concert. 610.845.3257.

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