The American Spiritual Ensemble to perform Feb. 1

The American Spiritual Ensemble

The American Spiritual Ensemble

Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center will continue its “Galaxy of Stars: Legends on Stage” series with a performance of classical African-American spirituals on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Performing for the evening is the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of singers who travel worldwide to perform classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. The group will be celebrating Black History Month at WCU by performing a collection of Negro spirituals titled “Ol’ Time Religion.”

The American Spiritual Ensemble was founded in 1995 by Everett McCorvey, professor of voice and director of opera at the University of Kentucky. In addition, McCorvey spends his summers as a member of the artist faculty at the American Institute of Musical Study in Graz, Austria.

The American Spiritual Ensemble is known to audiences all over the world, and many of its members have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera.

Advance tickets for the Feb. 1 performance are highly recommended. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens ages 60 and older, $20 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Group rates also are available.

To purchase tickets, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center at (828) 227-2479, click on or visit the center box office.

The Legends on Stage Series also includes:

Thursday, March 1 – Cirque le Masque, a gravity-defying European stage show, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 – “Out of the Mist: A Dragon & An Ire-ish Tale,” a Bunraku puppet performance by Wood and Strings Theatre, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 – “Amadeus,” a performance by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, 3 p.m.

Friday, April 27 – The Capitol Steps, a group of former Senate staffers performing political satire, 7:30 p.m.