The Richmond Register

March 2, 2013

Redemption: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom’ at Episcopal Church, March 10


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Second Sunday concert 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour features Lexington tenor Whit Whitaker and UK music faculty member Diana Hallman in a reprise of a program they premiered on this stage in March 2011.

“Redemption,” says Whitaker,“is the implied musical depiction of the journey from slavery to freedom — from man and from sin, through one man’s voice. But, it can only be realized by you if you hear it, see it, feel it and believe it.”

He asks his audiences to allow yourselves to become one of the truly oppressed in heart as you listen. His hope is that by the end of this program, you will believe that “the souls gone before us are truly forgiving and forgiven and are now at peace.”

The concert is free, but a $5 dollar suggested donation will benefit the performers and the Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women.

Whit Whitaker, who earned his bachelor’s of music degree at the University of Kentucky, has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and member of several choral ensembles, including the internationally renowned American Spiritual Ensemble.

He also has appeared in a wide variety of local and regional productions, most recently as Sportin’ Life in UK Opera Theater’s production of the opera “Porgy and Bess.” His musical partner Diana Hallman is an associate professor of musicology in the University of Kentucky School of Music.

The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Madison County, is located at 2323 Lexington Road, Richmond, nar far to the north of White Hall Elementary School.

“Redemption: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom” is sponsored by ERA Professional Hometown Services, Dianna Ackerman and Erin Ackerman, 5027 Atwood Drive, Suite 1, Richmond.

For directions or for more details, email arts@oursaviourky.org.