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MERIDIAN HERALD engages southern musical, literary and spiritual traditions to affirm shared humanity, advance enduring truth, enrich the present and transform the future for individuals and communities.

Meridian Herald produces concerts, story-telling, worship services and educational programs honoring the heritage and enduring power of culture, history and music in the ethnically diverse American South. In these ways we facilitate new understandings and shared expressions of the human experience.

Our events include the Higher Ground Camp Meeting, the Southern Folk Advent and the Atlanta Music Festival Concert. The music, ranging from classical to folk, African American to Appalachian, sacred to secular, traditional to avant­garde, is performed by the Meridian Chorale and other groups and soloists.

Speakers include preachers, actors, poets, historians, novelists and playwrights.

Through these profound and moving experiences, Meridian Herald affirms shared humanity, facilitates new understanding, and serves the human longing for a sacred higher ground.

"Meridian Herald strives to transform lives and culture through traditions of music and worship that bridge communities, redeem and honor the past, inspire the present, and ennoble the future."

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spacermusical soiree

Atlanta Music Festival, Tuesday–Friday, November 15–18, 2016

Congressman John Lewis, honorary festival chair

Comprising several events devoted to advancing relations among the races through the arts, the Atlanta Music Festival will culminate in a gala concert featuring opera star Jessye Norman at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus, Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. Ms. Norman is one of the greatest and most celebrated classical singers of our time. Also featured in the concert are Atlanta tenor Timothy Miller, the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, and the Meridian Chorale. Dwight Andrews is artistic director and Steven Darsey is music director.

Jessye Norman
Jessye Norman
James Alexander, photographer

For more information on the Festival week, please see

Click to view a PDF poster for the event.

Gala Closing Concert, 7:00 p.m.
Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus

Featuring Jessye Norman, Timothy B. Miller, Taylor Branch, Dwight Andrews, Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Clubs, Vega String Quartet, and Meridian Chorale.

Dwight Andrews, artistic director
Steven Darsey, music director


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