Annual gospel concert highlights celebration |

Annual gospel concert highlights celebration

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, gospel and spiritual music will be highlighted in Nevada City on Monday at the 21st annual concert by Marysville’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Gospel Choir.

Presented by community radio station KVMR and Miners Foundry Cultural Center, the annual concert features the Marysville choir every year in a tribute to the late civil rights leader, always to standing-room crowds.

Celebrating its 135th consecutive year, the jubilant choir performs music ranging from spirituals dating to American slavery days to contemporary gospel fused with rap and hip-hop.

Choir members range in age from teenagers to octogenarians.

Monday’s concert at the Foundry is presented as a community service, said KVMR development director Richard Gorman, and is part of a full day of KVMR on-air programming (89.5 FM) honoring Martin Luther King Day.

That day’s programming includes music specials, interviews and features, such as “Listen to the Children,” a look at what children from Nevada County and the Sacramento area say about civil rights.

The free 90-minute performance starts at noon. Since seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, many concertgoers traditionally arrive 45 minutes early for the best seats.

Miners Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

For more information about the annual concert or KVMR’s special holiday programming, check the Web at or call 265-9073.

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