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Bese Saka Festival Concert

February 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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In recognition of Black History Month, Dr. J. Owens Academy of Fine Arts, and the host Sankofa Chorale welcomes Chattanooga Choral Society under the direction of Michael J. Mitchell and guests to present “A Celebratory Salute to the African American Spiritual” on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Polk State College Fine Arts Theater, Winter Haven, Florida.
A fundamental goal of the Owens Academy is to embrace, preserve and perform the music that was birthed out of our ancestral experiences. This event is made possible in part by Visit Central Florida.
Tickets: Adults $25, Teens $10, Under 12 FREE.
Featured Clinicians:
Dr. Roland Marvin Carter, affectionately dubbed ‘Dean of Choirs and Dean of African American Music, is Professor Emeritus of American Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he served with distinction for 24 years. In addition, he was Director of Choirs and Music Department Chair at his alma mater, Hampton University, for two and one-half decades. Dr. Carter’s accomplishments as a leading figure in the choral arts include lectures, workshops, master classes, composer, pianist, arranger and concerts with major choruses and orchestras in prestigious venues nationwide.
Dr. Raymond Wise, a native of Baltimore, Md., earned a B.F.A. in Music from Denison University. He accomplished additional studies in Opera, Art, and German at the Institute for European Studies and in African-American History, Music, and Dance, business apprenticeship at San Francisco State University. Among Dr. Wise’s prestigious professional experiences is his recording of Gospel Music with the Walter Hawkins Corporation. Dr. Wise earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education and a Doctorate Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University with his dissertation entitled: “Defining African American Gospel Music by Tracing its Historical and Musical Development from 1900 to 2000.”
Guest Artists:
Soprano, Vanessa Hawkins, an Orlando native, is renowned for exquisite beauty of tone, clarity of voice, and a superior level of polished musicianship. Ms. Hawkins studied secondary music under the tutelage of the late Edna S. Hargrett, who created the famed Concert Choir program at Orlando’s Jones High School. She went on to pursue studies in Music (Performance and Education) at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida and she has performed with the Orlando Opera and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hawkins studied vocally under Edward Washington II, and sang with the “NS”SF Master Singers Ensemble for three seasons. She also had training in the Rollins College vocal studio of Curtis Rayam, and she makes numerous solo appearances for various events of the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundations.
Gale Murphy Jones resides in Orlando, Florida and is a music educator, concert pianist, vocal recording artist, entertainer, worship leader, choral director, humorist and a composer of over 700 songs. She travels the globe singing and playing songs to inspire others and uplift their spirits. Before Gale was born, her father prayed her piano talent into existence. At the age of three, she began playing piano and was a designated pianist at her church by age five. She is a product of Seventh-Day Adventist education from kindergarten until she graduated from Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degrees in both voice and piano. She later obtained a Masters of Music degree with a Piano Emphasis from the University of Memphis.
To learn more, contact Dr. Owens by phone 863-604-5415 or email melodicjess@aol.com.


February 22, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Dr. J. Owens Academy of Fine Arts, Inc.


Polk State WH Fine Arts Theatre
999 Avenue H, NE
Winter Haven, Florida 33881 United States
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