Cambridge-Reverend Richard Smallwood: Music, Activism, and Well-being to take place November 19 at Sanders Theatre

A conversation with song featuring the Gospel Choirs of Harvard, Boston University, and Tufts University

Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm

Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge (on the Harvard University campus)

Free. All are welcome! Free parking at Broadway Garage, corner of Broadway and Felton Streets, Cambridge

Doors open at 6:45pm.

ofa.fas.harvard.edu/totalpraise

Gospel artist Richard Smallwood will participate in a public conversation with Harvard Prof. Braxton Shelley and in song with the Kuumba Singers (Harvard), Inner Strength Gospel Choir (Boston University), and Third Day Gospel Choir (Tufts University) on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. The night culminates with a performance of Smallwood’s Total Praise involving all 150 singers.

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist Richard Smallwood has been one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as Total Praise, Center of My Joy and I Love the Lord. His songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Price, Gerald Levert, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and many others throughout of the gospel world. Even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, recorded Smallwood’s Faithful. He is at Harvard University as part of a one-day residency, where he will work with individual student composers as well as direct the evening’s performance of his evocative and uplifting “Total Praise.”

The evening is presented in partnership with the Department of Music Blodgett Distinguished Artist Program, Office for the Arts, Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund, Harvard College Innovation Fund, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Sanders Theatre is wheelchair accessible and is located at 45 Quincy St. on the Harvard University campus. Closest T: Red Line Harvard Square. For additional information 617-495-2791 or musicdpt@fas.harvard.edu.

EVENT WEBSITE: ofa.fas.harvard.edu/totalpraise

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