First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd New York, NY 10026


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Jun 16 2024


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Music of the Harlem Renaissance

First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem is the site of New York City Community Chorus’s ( Spring concert on Sunday afternoon, June 16 at 4 p.m. Celebrating the storied music of the Harlem Renaissance, the program pays tribute to the great surge of Black music, art and literature created in New York City in the early 20th century.

Among the many notable artists of the time, the chorus will perform works by Duke Ellington (including “Mood Indigo”), William Grant Still (“Lenox Avenue”), Langston Hughes and Walter Marks (“Between Two Rivers”), and Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle (“Baltimore Buzz” from Shuffle Along). Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is featured as one of its signature audience sing-alongs.

“We’re delighted to be performing this incredible music in the neighborhood in which much of it originated,” said chorus founder and director, Jack Eppler. This season, the no-audition chorus that was founded and has traditionally held its twice-yearly concerts in Chelsea has outgrown its space and serendipitously discovered this venue, Eppler explained.

Joining the 105voice chorus will be guest artists Naima Alakham and Ray Kao with an ensemble of dancers led by choreographer Jonathan Mora.