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African Americans Renewing Interest In Spirituals Ensemble Inc

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Rating: 5

For 25 years, ARISE has presented workshops and concerts that continue to encourage and uplift our spirits. It is so much more than a choral ensemble. It is a travelling cultural ambassador, sharing the good news of love, faith and goodwill.

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Rating: 5

ARISE is powered by volunteers who believe in its mission of performing and informing the public about the oldest uniquely American music, the spirituals. Its choir gives outstanding concerts where the music lifts and moves its audience and where the background to each song is presented. A mixed race group that has been performing for 25 years, this is one of Wichita's treasures. The board is active in its involvement and support and includes members from business, academic, public school, nonprofit and religious organizations who, like the choir, are of diverse ethnicities. I have been on the board for about five years and love the organization and its members. We had a tremendously successful celebration of our 25 years in November 2013 at Calvary United Methodist Church with a full house that enjoyed a delicious soul food dinner and uplifting concert that left me frequently in tears. DVDs of our concerts are available also. In April we are premiering a new composition at Wichita State University thanks to board member J.C. Combs and we are also the lead performance at the Kansas Music Educators' meeting.

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