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Greater Mount Carmel church to host free Juneteenth concert by Symphony

KINGSWAY EAST – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will perform a free public concert on Sunday, in honor of Juneteenth, at Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. The hour-long concert will start at 2 p.m. at the church, 1617 Euclid Avenue.

No tickets or RSVPs are required for this community celebration.

The concert is the SLSO’s second commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday. Greater Mount Carmel and its pastor, the Rev. Mr. Earl Nance Jr., have collaborated with the symphony for year as partners in its IN UNISON program.

SLSO musicians and vocalists from the SLSO’s IN UNISON Chorus and IN UNISON Scholars program will perform works by Black artists including Margaret Bonds, Florence Price and more, as well as spirituals and hymns from Black American musical expression. Nance and other leaders from Greater Mount Carmel will teach about the importance of Juneteenth, now a federal holiday, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans.

The IN UNISON program began in 1992 as a partnership between the institution and predominantly Black churches in the St. Louis area. The program has grown to become the SLSO’s flagship community outreach program, including:

  • Partnerships with more than 30 churches.
  • The IN UNISON Chorus, a resident chorus that specializes in the performance and preservation of music from African American and African expression. The chorus performs with the SLSO several times each season.
  • The IN UNISON Academy, a series of academic support programs that include mentorships, scholarships, fellowships and Young Artist opportunities with the IN UNISON Chorus.

The SLSO’s first Juneteenth concert in 2021 was held at Washington Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, another IN UNISON partner church.

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