AZUSA, Calif. —Azusa Pacific University’s Gospel Choir, under the direction of Letitia Ugwueke, hosts its fifth annual Gospel Music Heritage Month Concert with a night of music by Grammy Award-winning musician Fred Hammond on Sun., Sept. 28. The free performance begins at 5 p.m., in Munson Recital Hall, located on East Campus, at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa.
The night promises a celebration of music with one of gospel’s greatest inspirational, record-producing, bass-playing, praise and worship musicians of all time. Hammond’s awards include a 2007 Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for Free to Worship, along with many top Billboard songs and albums.
“In 2008, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) led the passing of a resolution in both chambers declaring September as ‘Gospel Music Heritage Month,’” said Ugwueke. “Each year since its establishment, both local and global celebrations are held to educate and entertain diverse audiences about the rich history and legacy of gospel music.”
APU’s Gospel Choir combines unique voices with a fresh sound to establish a gospel music experience that is both artistic and cultural. Showcasing the gifts and talents of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administration, and community members this choir draws diverse audiences who appreciate this genre of Christian music.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 63 bachelor’s degrees, 43 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 4 associate degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.