Atlanta Music Festival 2014
African American Concert Music
The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church
The Meridian Chorale and Soloists
First Congregational Church
Sponsored by First Congregational Church, Meridian Herald, and Emory University, this week of activities is dedicated to our community's aspiration, hope, and progress.
The Atlanta Music Festival past and present
Dwight Andrews and Steven Darsey
Steven Darsey, a white southerner, and Dwight Andrews, an African American, articulate a convicted vision of justice and grace. Andrews, Pastor of First Congregational Church, has revived his congregation's music festival tradition in their ten year collaboration with Meridian Herald, and in May 2010 they presented the 100th anniversary Music Festival Concert at First Church. Darsey, music director, and Andrews, artistic director, explore their races' historic relationships via vernacular musical forms and their evolutions into contemporary classical expressions. This unique concert tradition has the historical gravity to project a future of shared promise. Music, with its mysterious power to manifest and transfigure reality, can inspire us all to advance this future.
For future performances, we intend to commission compositions from local and national musicians that explicate Georgia's particular racial heritage and help to realize her promise; to expand the range of art and institutions involved; and to make the fruits of this work available to an ever-expanding community.