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Thursday, October 15, 2015

SU's Wright Discusses 'Spirituals: From Ship to Shore' November 11

Dr. John Wesley WrightSALISBURY, MD---Dr. John Wesley Wright of Salisbury University’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department traces the history of American Negro spirituals as this fall’s speaker in SU’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.

His presentation, “Spirituals: From Ship to Shore,” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. It features student soloists accompanied by Veronica Knier, with music and commentary by American music scholar Daniel Mathers.

A member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, Wright was highlighted in the 2007 PBS documentary The Spirituals. The prize-winning tenor has performed nationally and internationally for audiences including the Kennedy family, during a celebration of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to his ancestors’ homeland in Ireland, in 2013.

Sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Office, his talk is part of this fall’s “Made in America” cultural events series. admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU website at

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