LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas School of Music announces a special concert entitled God Be My Guide: KU Presents a Gospel Celebration of Kansas Roots Featuring Reverend Brandon McCray at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Lied Center of Kansas. The performance is free and open to the public.
The performance, led by Rev. McCray, features a 100-member community gospel choir, the F.L. Schlagle High School Marching Band, and several acclaimed gospel musicians. The music also celebrates previous KU music graduates that are or have been prominent in the African-American community. The late William P. Foster, legendary director of the Marching “100” at Florida A&M University, and acclaimed vocalist Vanessa Thomas, whose career spans musical genre from opera to jazz, are but two such individuals who have lived their dream after graduating with music degrees from KU.
Preceding the concert, at 1:30 p.m., Rev. McCray will present his doctoral dissertation, “Saxophone as a Solo Instrument in Gospel Music: The Musical Contributions of Dr. Vernard Johnson” which fulfills one of his graduation requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Rev. McCray enrolled as music major at the Kansas City Kansas Community College on a track and field scholarship and later continued his formal music education at Emporia State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education. Desiring to go higher, he earned a Masters of Music Education from Wichita State University, and he presently is a Doctor of Music Arts student studying saxophone pedagogy at KU with Vince Gnojek, professor of saxophone.
The concert is sponsored by the KU School of Music, the Lied Center, and the KU Office of Diversity and Equity.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.