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APSU, Fort Campbell celebrate African-American Heritage Month through music

APSUs University Choir will join choirs from Fisk, Murray State and Tennessee State in Fort Campbells Gospel Extravaganza: Bring on the Choirs Feb. 19.

University Choir director Dr. Karen Kenaston-French says she is honored to take part in such a culturally rich program.
APSU's University Choir will join choirs from Fisk, Murray State and Tennessee State in Fort Campbell's Gospel Extravaganza: Bring on the Choirs Feb. 19.

University Choir director Dr. Karen Kenaston-French says she is honored to take part in such a culturally rich program.

“I have always been very inspired by music from the African-American tradition, and consider it a privilege to perform this emotionally powerful repertoire with my choirs,” she says. “What better way to learn about each other and support our neighbors than through the universal language of music?”

Primarily featuring songs rich in African-American heritage, the celebration concert will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, in Fort Campbell's Wilson Theater, 93 Screaming Eagle Blvd., inside Gate 4.

The Gospel Extravaganza will include three performances by the University Choir: “God's Gonna Set This World On Fire,” “Set Me as a Seal” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.”

The concert is free and open to all soldiers, family members, defense department civilian workers and members of the local community.
—Terry Stringer