1997-1998 and 1998-1999: "Lift Every Voice" and "God's Trombones"
Partnership with African-American community and inner-city churches
November 1, 1997 & November 6, 1998
First Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
18-month collaboration among Minnesota Chorale, Leigh Morris Chorale, African-American community leaders, and four urban church choirs ~ purpose to examine issues which separate and fragment the African-American community from the greater community using music as the tool ~ Lift Every Voice community hymn sing-along was first public event during partnership ~ culminating concert was God's Trombones, featuring the legendary, Grammy award-winning William Warfield in the Preacher role.