Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters- First 100 Years – April 2008 at The Chattanooga Theater Centre
Based on their best selling memoir, Sadie and Bessie Delany, daughters of a minister born in slavery and a brilliant woman of mixed ancestry, took viewers on a remarkable journey through the last one hundred years of our nation’s history seen through their lives’ struggle and triumphs. The production featured two dynamic actresses from the Chattanooga community, Nancy Berg and Pearl Lindsey.
Sing, Mahalia, Sing – A Gospel Musical - August 2008 at The Chattanooga Theater Centre
Jackson, arguably the finest and most important performer in the history of gospel music world was renown for her rich and expressive vocal style. She was massively influential, and was the first African-American gospel artist to sell over a million copies of a record (with the superb “Move on up a Little Higher”), bringing sacred music to a wider audience than it had ever known before.
God’s Trombones - June 2010 at The Bessie Smith Cultural Center
One of James Weldon Johnson’s celebrated works, seven inspirational sermons of African American preachers are re-imagined as poetry, reverberating with the musicality and splendid eloquence of the spirituals. Performance featured The Chattanooga Choral Society For The Preservation Of African-American Song.
Sing, Mahalia, Sing – A Gospel Musical - October 2011 at The Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers.
God’s Trombones : The Revival - February 2013 at The Bessie Smith Cultural Center
A dramatic/musical revival of one of most revered African American literary classics, God’s Trombones, written after traditional African-American religious oratory. The performance is infused with uplifting and moving gospel music performed by TCU’s Voices of Hope Community Performance Group.