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December 7, 2021
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The Very Best of Black Gospel in Bucharest concert

On the National Theatre’s stage tonight, the elite Gospel choir based in New York will perform a series of traditional Christmas songs. The group is known throughout the world for bringing the black Gospel genre closer to audiences and it features a selection of the world’s best voices. Tickets for tonight’s performance can still be bought at the National Theatre box-office for prices ranging between RON 50 and 100.


Gregory M. Kelly, co-founder and musical head of the choir has been an established figure in the gospel world for many years now. Born in New York, he has worked together with gospel stars such as James Cleveland, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. The recipient of the Grammy Award says his mission is “to spread the music and message of the gospel throughout the world”. Since he was eight years old he has been performing on stage and has succeeded in harmonizing a wide variety of voices and musical arrangements and in making every performance of his choir a unique musical experience. Internationally acclaimed as a soloist and pianist in the world famous Harlem Gospel Singers, the Reverend Charles Lyles has been a permanent member of The Very Best of Black Gospel since 2007. This talented musician, who already began to play the piano at four years of age, and shortly after learned to compose music, began his career as a young organist in a jazz band. Together with famous gospel greats such as Kirk Franklin and The Family, The Winans, Pastor Walter Hawkins, Bobby Jones and many others, he sang about his faith to the world. Since 1981 Dr. Charles Lyles has worked as a pastor in Pleasantville, New Jersey.


Tonight’s concert will feature two great sopranos who have been working with the group: Natalie Wilson, a Grammy awarded musician who has been singing gospel for 20 years and South- African soprano Lerato Sebele, who has also worked with the Vienna State Orchestra.


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