Peterborough Singers’ SOUL II Concert Celebrates Black History Month

Following on its highly successful Soul concert in 2015, Syd Birrell and the Peterborough Singers are proud to announce a second concert featuring the genre of African American music of the 1950s and 1960s known as soul.

SOUL II: Roots and Rights is being staged in celebration of Black History Month, and in recognition of the valuable role that soul music played in the inspiration and advancement of the civil rights movement. The concert takes place at 2 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Calvary Church, 1421 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough.

Our two featured guest soloists – Aadin Church and Divine Brown – will share with the Singers in a repertoire that includes a sampling of gospel music grounded in the rich oral traditions of the African-American church; a number of songs that typify the transition from early gospel to contemporary soul music; and a variety of popular soul songs that combine the secular and the spiritual to produce meaningful emotional content.

The Singers will perform music by Mahalia Jackson, Andraé Crouch, Ray Charles, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Eddie Floyd, and Aretha Franklin.

Megan Murphy is the concert MC and David Goyette is the Soul II: Roots & Rights sponsor.