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STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MONA
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 2013

After the mad success of last year’s Standing in the Shadows of MONA, a one-day sing-a-long gospel choir free-for-all, the Southern Gospel Choir is back for a spirited encore this November.

For the past 13 years, the Southern Gospel Choir has forged its own identity through contemporary, high-energy gospel music.

“African American gospel underpins the whole world of contemporary music – from country to punk, from rock to soul, the whole of contemporary popular music, in fact the whole of contemporary popular culture, finds its misty origins in gospel,” said Andrew Legg, Director, Conservatorium of Music, Founder, Southern Gospel Choir.

“From U2 to Foreigner, from Sam Cooke to the Violent Femmes, they all know it. They all love it. They all play it. They are all birthed in it, one way or another.”

For this one-off-gig at MONA on Sunday 24 November, The Southern Gospel Choir has invited one of African America’s leading stars of gospel, Take 6’s Khristian Dentley, to front the SGC and bring down-home bluesmanship and gospel to the SGC as never before.

There will be songs to be wowed by. Songs to be cried by. And songs that will have you shamelessly singing along, as Khristian Dentley, Andrew Legg, Maria Lurighi and the SGC rock MONA with the best and most outrageous sounds of African American gospel, soul, and funk.

Come and find a new and vital sound in the SGC’s renditions of Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and a couple of completely left field and surprising gospel-inspired tunes that will have you taking selfies in the sun, lazing on the lawn, and singing along like you’ve just seen the light.

WHAT STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MONA
WHEN SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 2013, 2PM – 5PM
FREE FAMILY EVENT
WHERE MONA – 655 MAIN RD BERRIEDALE, HOBART
PARKING LIMITED. Opt instead for the MR-1 Fast Ferry, use our free secure bicycle parking, bus or taxi with friends. www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events

ABOUT KHRISTIAN DENTLEY: Dentley is a multi-talented music producer, musician, and singer. He has produced a long list of Grammy award-winning albums, including the Breath of Life release Excellent in 2013. Dentley is best known as one of the significant new members of Grammy Award-winning supergroup Take 6.

Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), has been heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet’. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognised as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world.

Dentley is also part of a new musical partnership with Andrew, Myron Butler and Levi and Kirk Franklin called The Power of Gospel. The group brings their combined talent, drive and energy for gospel to communities around the world. They will be touring in Johannesburg, Helsinki and Kyoto over the next six months.

The Southern Gospel Choir and MONA are excited that KD and Legg will front this joyous event to herald the summer of festivals in Tasmania.

Praise be!

That’s the spirit.

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Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art