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Old Negro Spirituals

Time: July 10, 2011 from 9:30am to 7pm
Location: Trinity Lutheran
Event Type: concert, choir, gospel
Organized By: Mary Kate Leming
Latest Activity: Jul 8, 2011

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Event Description

Brief History of the Baker Choir:

Old Negro Spirituals will be performed A Capella-style on Sunday, July 10th at 9:30am by the newly re-organized Pasco Baker Choir.  The performance will take place as a part of the contemporary church service at the historic German church named Trinity Lutheran located at 400 N. Swinton Avenue , in Delray Beach , FloridaConnections is the name of Trinity’s contemporary religious service conducted in Trinity’s gym in round-table-style.

The Pasco Baker choir performed at Trinity back in May where they received a standing-ovation and requests for an encore.

The Pasco Baker Choir originated in 1961 by late Mr. Pasco L. Baker who was a biology teacher at Carver High School in Delray Beach which was the high school for black students during segregation.

 The singing style of this African American choir is A Capella.

 Although Mr. Baker had no formal musical training, his concept for the choir was inspired by the famous 1930s Wings Over Jordan Choir of Cleveland , Ohio .

 The Baker choir eventually went on nation-wide “Educational Concert Tours” that were funded by free will offerings.  The offerings were also used to support the college tuition of some of the members.

 In 2010, the choir was reorganized by one of its former members Freddie Grice who was the choir’s Tenor/Baritone soloist but now serves as the choir's director.


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