Arkansas Philharmonic collaborates on program focusing on gospel music

Posted on: September 24, 2020

“ ‘We wanted to share songs that speak to the heart and the plight of Black America,’ says Reginald James, one of the leaders of Music Moves,” writes Becca Martin-Brown in Sunday’s (9/20) Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Little Rock, AR). “James is talking about The Gospel Truth: An Evening with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance of live gospel music happens at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, at the Walton Arts Center in celebration of National Gospel Music Heritage Month. There’s a lot to celebrate, James says, when it comes to the contributions African Americans have made to music and the arts in the United States…. ‘This time, we wanted to look at music from the last 75 or 80 years, gospel and inspirational, music that was invented in this country and went out to the world,’ James adds. So Music Moves is collaborating with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Steven Byess, and bringing in singers from across the state…. ‘The APO is proud to work with Anthony Ball and Reggie James of Music Moves, along with their many talented artists that are joining us…,’ says Jason Miller, executive director of the Bentonville-based orchestra.”