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Harlem Gospel Choir to sing April 5 at Kentwood PAC

The Harlem Gospel Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center. - COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent
The Harlem Gospel Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir brings the 2013-2014 Kent Spotlight Series to a close on Saturday, April 5 with foot-stomping and hand-clapping blues, jazz and gospel spirituals.

The group performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center, 25800 164th Ave. S.E. in Covington.

From the heart of Harlem in New York City, the choir travels the world as the ambassadors for African American culture and is loved for its joyous music, according to a city of Kent media release.

The group has performed for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II. They have shared the stage with such legendary artists as Bono, Sinead O'Connor, Andre Rieu, Lyle Lovett, The Chieftans, Diana Ross and many others. The choir has been featured on a number of TV shows, including Top Chef, The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Good Day New York, Oprah, and the Early Show. In 2008 the Choir performed for 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium for Pope Benedict XVI.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for youths. Tickets are available at kentarts.com, by calling 253-856-5051 or in person at the Kent Commons (525 Fourth Ave. N.). Hours for phone and in-person sales are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The box office is closed on Sunday.

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Harlem Gospel Choir’s performance is sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation.

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