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Saturday, October 20 at African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 4, 2018): As part of its multi-platform Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul project, Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM invites the public to enjoy the St. Thomas Gospel Choir in concert at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151) in the city’s Overbrook section on Saturday, October 20. Doors will open at 6 pm for the 7 pm show, which is free for all ages to attend with RSVP.

One of Philadelphia’s best known and most active church choirs, the St. Thomas Gospel Choir currently consists of sixty musicians and singers who share their music at more than 100 services, programs, concerts and celebrations every year. Among other highlights, the choir has performed at the grand opening celebration for the Museum of the American Revolution, and for the “We Rise Nation Tour” with CNN’s Van Jones in partnership with Jay-Z's Roc Nation at the Fillmore Theater.

The choir won the “2016 Best in the Philadelphia Area in Gospel Music Category” in the PHL Live Event. In 2015, it was the featured choir for the Installation Services held at the Washington National Cathedral for the current Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American Presiding Bishop for the United States Episcopal Churches.

According to Bruce Warren, WXPN Associate General Manager for Programming and Co-Executive Producer of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, “It’s important for us to present and support some of the many talented gospel groups in Philadelphia alongside some of the nationally-known groups that are part of this project. We’re very pleased to bring WXPN members and listeners to St. Thomas to enjoy a fantastic gospel music performance.”

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores the history of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. In Philadelphia, the project’s concert series has previously presented the Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Fairfield Four, The Campbell Brothers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The McCrary Sisters, among others. All events are free and suitable for all ages. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

A maximum of two tickets are available per registrant for the free October 20 concert. To RSVP, visit XPN Gospel Roots RSVP.

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, visit XPN Gospel Roots. More about commercial-free, member-supported WXPN can be found at XPN.

# # # About WXPN WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.

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