JOY TO THE WORLD: No ‘toe-tapping’ allowed when the Harlem Gospel choir performs.
RIGA - The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the pre-eminent gospel choirs in the world. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children’s charities.
On Dec. 28-29, Harlem Gospel Choir will perform two concerts in the Baltics – one in Tallinn and one in Riga. This will be the seventh time the choir has performed in Riga during the festive season, each time packing full audiences and even performing special encore concerts.
The choir’s gospels are religious songs with elements of blues, jazz, spirituals and rap. The Harlem Gospel Choir’s powerful voices will move and inspire all listeners regardless of their religious beliefs, age or interests.
Allen Bailey founded the choir in 1986 and today the choir presents the finest singers and musicians from the African-American churches in Harlem and the New York area. Since then, the choir has performed not only in the United States, but also in Japan, Australia, Europe, and other places. The choir aims at inspiring people to believe, uniting them regardless of their nationality or beliefs and introducing them to African-American culture.
The choir has shared its message of love, peace and harmony for many years with thousands of people from various nations, backgrounds, and cultures. The Harlem Gospel Choir strives to make the world a more loving and peaceful place, and through its music and dynamic performance creates a better understanding of the African-American culture and the inspirational music called Gospel as it relates to the Black Church. The theme of every performance is bringing people and nations together and giving something back. The choir’s songs of gospel and inspiration touch the depths of the soul and raise spirits to angelic heights.
The choir has performed alongside various superstars - Bono, Whoopi Goldberg, Diana Ross, Avril Lavigne, Cyndi Lauper, and even the Gorillaz. The choir’s vocalists have also performed for Pope John Paul II and were guests at Elton John’s birthday party in New York. This year, they also performed with Keith Richards, Josh Groban, and Neon Trees.
Each year, the choir goes on a concert tour, performing in dozens of countries. The choir’s annual concerts in the Baltics during the festive season have already become a welcome tradition for them, as well as for many music lovers in the Baltics.
It’s probably worth going to the concert just to see how the Estonians and Latvians in the audience - who are well known for their toe-tapping timidity - will react to this musical onslaught. Will they suddenly convert en masse? Or will they merely try and clap their hands in time with the choir?
The Choir’s concerts are sold out very quickly, so if you don’t want to miss a great night out for the soul, get your tickets double quick.
Harlem Gospel Choir will perform:
On Dec. 28 at Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn
On Dec. 29 at Congress Hall in Riga
Tickets are available at: www.piletilevi.ee or www.bilesuserviss.lv