Wed, Oct 10
Black gospel singing lives at the heart of the church experience, an expression of spirit and the deliverance of a message of faith, hope, and joy. There is a place for everyone in the song, a place in which harmony is not just the simultaneous playing or singing of notes to produce chords, but also a place of concord, the sound of one. No place is this more evident than with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. One Voice is a joyous expression of this oneness, exploring the lives of four members of the choir and its artistic director Terrance Kelly. In existence for three decades, the choir is composed of singers from diverse faiths, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, and lifestyles, creating a place of inclusion and acceptance for singers and audience alike. The choir is a radiant manifestation of what is possible when people come together, a balm for our times.
Expected Guests: Director Spencer Wilkinson; Producers Mark DeSaulnier and Jed Riffe; Cinematographer Demondre Ward; Production Crew Stefan Gustafsson, Marlene Morris, Jesse Clark, Maureen Gosling
Watch the film, followed by a Q&A with some of the film's cast and crew, then experience OIGC live, right in the heart of Oakland’s historic Grand Lake Theatre.
Ticket info to come!
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ONE VOICE illuminates a group of people from diverse faiths, races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and lifestyles, all with a common goal: to bring joy and inspiration to the stage through black gospel music.
In the midst of a country that still finds itself grappling with issues of race, gender equality, and intolerance, a group in Oakland, California, continues the rich historical tradition of using music to promote peace, love, and acceptance.
With a history that spans three decades, OIGC has inspired audiences all over the world. Yet, it stays true to its Oakland roots, lifting the spirits of the homeless, elderly, and inmates throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From its humble beginning to OIGC’s 30th anniversary celebration on the
historic Paramount Theatre stage, this choir continues to circulate musical excellence through the manifestation of ONE VOICE.