Trey Clegg Singers to perform at Porter for Black History Month

The Trey Clegg Singers of Atlanta will celebrate Black History Month through song during a free performance at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Porter Center for Performing Arts in Covington.

The choral performance is titled, March to Freedom: Songs of Sorrow, Justice and Hope, that the Trey Clegg Web site describes as a “concert about freedom from all forms of oppression, bigotry, classism, hate and violence.” The singers will cover different musical styles and genres ranging from Requiems of Mozart to Broadway Musicals of “The Lion King” and “Ragtime.” African American spirituals by Rosephanye Powell and Moses Hogan, R&B styles by Joseph Joubert and gospel music by Donnie McClurkin and V. Michael McKay are also on the concert program.

The concert is free to the public. The Arts Association of Newton County will accept donations to the Dave Young Vocal Scholarship during the performance and online. Sponsors of the event are General Mills and Thy Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Radio Station.

Ric Chiapetta, artistic and technical director of the Arts Association of Newton County, said he is pleased to bring the Trey Clegg Singers to Covington as it’s Black History Month performance. He added the Arts Association traditionally keeps the annual performance free of charge.

“Because it is the Arts Association’s contribution to the community’s celebration of Black History month we feel it is important to make the concert accessible to everyone in the community, hence the free admission,” he said.

This month’s event is the Trey Clegg Singers first performance in Covington. It will be the second performance of March to Freedom following its debut in Atlanta. The group also performed at the prestigious Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, last year.

Clegg is well known in music circles in Atlanta and across the United States. He is an instructor of music at Spelman College, where he has taught since 2006. At Spelman, he is currently the vocal coach and accompanist in the Department of Music, working with music majors in the junior and senior classes on solo recitals for their graduation projects, according to the group’s Web site.

Clegg is also an accomplished solo organist and has held recitals across the United States and Europe. He is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

The Trey Clegg Singers formed a year ago. In an interview with WABE-FM, Clegg said he noticed that choirs were rarely culturally mixed and he wanted to change that. Clegg said his goal in forming the Trey Clegg Singers is to have a choir that represents the actual diversity of Atlanta. As he told WABE-FM, Clegg said he hoped his new group would promote conversation between people to understand each other better.

A link to the WABE-FM interview that includes a clip of the Clegg Singers performing is here.

The group appeared at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston last year. Their next performance is 7 p.m. April 29 at the First Congregational United Christ of Christ of Atlanta where they will perform, A Little Night Music: Broadway and More.

The Arts Association will hold the True Colors Art Exhibit on March 1 when. Shop windows in downtown Covington will display artworks from local youth as part of the exhibition.

The next Porter performance will be the Oxford Youth Singers production of Hairspray. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. each day, March 16-18, and a 3 p.m. matinee performance on March 19.


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